Tallaght Hospital

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Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, incorporating the National Children's Hospital
Adelaide Hospital Society
Meath Foundation
National Children's Hospital Appeal Fund
Location Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates 53°17′28″N 6°22′43″W / 53.29111°N 6.37861°W / 53.29111; -6.37861Coordinates: 53°17′28″N 6°22′43″W / 53.29111°N 6.37861°W / 53.29111; -6.37861
Care system HSE
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Dublin, Trinity College
Emergency department Yes
Beds 600
Speciality Children's hospital
Founded 1996
Website http://www.amnch.ie/

The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, incorporating the National Children's Hospital (AMNCH; Irish: Ospidéal Adelaide agus na Mí, Baile Átha Cliath, ina gcorpraítear Ospidéal Náisiúnta na Leanaí), often referred to simply as Tallaght Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Thamhlachta), is a teaching hospital in Tallaght,[1] County Dublin, Ireland. Its academic partner is the University of Dublin, Trinity College. The hospital was established by parliamentary Charter in 1996 and was formally opened in 1998 as a successor to the Adelaide Hospital (1839), Meath Hospital (1753) and National Children's Hospital (1821).

Tallaght Hospital claims to have a culture based on knowledge, talent and expertise and that the healthcare team always strive to provide the best possible care for every patient.[2] However, in 2010 there were grave concerns that the hospital's governance standards were in fact very poor.[3][4]


Tallaght Hospital in 2002

Planning for Tallaght began in 1981 when the Department of Health appointed the Tallaght Hospital Board to oversee the planning, building and equipping of the Hospital. In 1985 Architectural Competition results were published and Robinson Keefe Devane was appointed.

Construction was approved in 1993. Building commenced in October 1993 and was completed in 1998. The hospital was established under a Charter, agreed in Dáil Éireann 1 August 1996. It is a public voluntary teaching Hospital.

The move to Tallaght was a carefully planned and extremely smooth running operation thanks to the huge effort from staff and volunteers. From 23 June, new patients were admitted to the hospital and clinical activity built up steadily.[5]

In November 2011, Minister for Health James Reilly announced "radical governance reforms" for Tallaght Hospital.[6]

Adelaide Hospital[edit]

The Adelaide Hospital was founded in 1839 to serve the poor Protestant population of Dublin. Like the Meath Hospital and the National Children's Hospital it was a voluntary hospital, its survival dependent on the generosity of others and the dedication of its staff.

Famous for its nursing school (the worlds first) which was founded in 1859 by Miss Bramwell who had worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, the Adelaide Hospital has been at the forefront of many medical advances.

It was, for example, the first general hospital in Dublin to introduce a skin clinic (in 1868), a gynaecological unit (in 1868) and the bacteriological control of milk (in 1904).[7]

Meath hospital[edit]

The Meath Hospital, the oldest of the three hospitals, was founded in 1753. Situated in the'liberty' of the earl of County Meath the hospital was opened to serve the sick and poor in the crowded area of the The Liberties.

In the 19th century the hospital achieved world-wide fame as a result of the revolutionary teaching methods and groundbreaking research carried out by Graves and Stokes, physicians of the hospital.

In more recent times the hospital developed specialised services in the fields of urology, psychiatry, orthopaedics, haematology, endocrinology and nephrology.[8]

National Children's Hospital[edit]

In 1821 a number of eminent Dublin doctors, concerned with the lack of treatment available for sick children in the city, founded the National Children's Hospital.[9]

It was the first hospital devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick children in Ireland or Great Britain. Indeed, one of the hospitals early students, Dr. Charles West, returned to London and founded Great Ormond St. Hospital in 1852.[10]


Adelaide Hospital Society[edit]

The Adelaide Hospital Society was founded in 1839 to provide hospital care especially for the poor of every denomination. The Society] has grown from that first small hospital in the Liberties of Dublin to our major role in developing Ireland's most modern hospital - The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Dublin, Incorporating The National Children's Hospital.

The Adelaide Hospital Society, as one of the Foundations of the hospital and as a national voluntary charitable organisation, uses its voluntary funds to advance healthcare, to evoke public support for an inclusive and pluralist healthcare service and to support the improvement of patient services in the hospital.

It contributes to the advancement of healthcare in a number of key areas such as health policy development, nurse education and development and pioneering new and enhanced services. The Society organises a major annual conference to focus on vital healthcare issues.[11]

Meath Foundation[edit]

The Meath Foundation was established in 1998 as successor to the Board of the Meath Hospital . The mission of the foundation is to carry on the best traditions of the hospital.

This includes providing a focus for voluntary input into the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin incorporating the National Children's Hospital by: electing six directors to the Board of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, incorporating the National Children's Hospital and promoting healthcare research and education within the hospital and the wider community.

The Meath Foundation supports healthcare research and education in a number of ways including the awarding of research grants.

The National Children's Hospital Appeal Fund[edit]

National Children's Hospital Appeal Fund raises money Just for Kids

The money raised goes towards purchasing new equipment, providing new services and ensuring the National Children's Hospital is a friendly and comfortable place for sick children and their families.[12]


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  2. ^ "comments for". Ratemyhospital.ie. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Tallaght - a litany of failures". Irishhealth.com. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Failings at Tallaght hospital". Irishtimes.com. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
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  6. ^ "James Reilly unveils radical Tallaght shake-up". RTÉ News. 9 November 2011.
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  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090125080909/http://thenationalchildrenshospital.ie/index.asp?locID=242&docID=-1. Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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