University Hospital Kerry

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University Hospital Kerry
Health Service Executive
University Hospital Kerry.jpg
Location Rathass, Tralee, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 52°15′56″N 9°41′15″W / 52.2655°N 9.6874°W / 52.2655; -9.6874Coordinates: 52°15′56″N 9°41′15″W / 52.2655°N 9.6874°W / 52.2655; -9.6874
Hospital type General
Affiliated university University College Cork[1]
Emergency department Yes
Beds 377
Helipad Yes
Founded 1984 (on present site)

University Hospital Kerry in Tralee is the third-largest of seven acute hospitals in the Health Service Executive (HSE) South Region.[2] It serves as the main hospital for County Kerry and also serves the people of parts of north Cork and west Limerick, or a population of well over 150,000.


When the hospital opened in 1984, it was known as Tralee General Hospital. Prior to that, Tralee was served by St. Catherine's Hospital which was located nearby in Rathass on the grounds of what is now the Áras an Chontae Buildings or the headquarters of Kerry County Council. Formerly known as Kerry General Hospital, it was renamed University Hospital Kerry in February 2016.


In a typical year, the hospital treats over 18,500 inpatients and sees over 40,000 people in its outpatient clinics. In 2011, the Accident and Emergency Department saw over 34,000 people pass through its doors and almost 1,800 babies were born in the Maternity Department. There is also a 46-bed geriatric unit located within the hospital which serves the needs of the greater Tralee area.

Patient care[edit]


University Hospital Kerry provides a wide range of services including:

Emergency Medicine; Ear, Nose & Throat Services; General Medicine; Medicine of the Elderly; Endocrinology; General Surgery; Gynaecology (Colposcopy and Urodynamics); Obstetrics; Orthopaedics; Paediatrics with Special Baby Care Unit; Pathology; Psychiatry, Radiology with CT scanning , MRI , Interventional Procedures and Ultrasound , Renal Dialysis; Oncology and Palliative care.

Support services[edit]

The following support services are provided by the hospital:

Audiology, Diabetics, Endoscopy, Medical Assessment, Occupational Therapy, Outpatient Department, Physiotherapy, and Speech and Language Therapy.


  1. ^ "Affiliated Hospitals and HSEs". University College Cork. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Welcome to University Hospital Kerry". Health Service Executive. Retrieved 8 March 2016.