Hospitals and innovative healthcare have been an essential, if under-recognised feature of The Liberties for centuries. Ireland’s oldest mental health hospital – St Patrick’s – was founded by Dean Jonathan Swift in 1746 and continues to serve the community to this day. One of the city’s first maternity or lying-in hospitals was founded at The Coombe in 1826, and now located on Cork Street. While the country’s largest teaching hospital – St James’s – has developed from an original infirmary to become Ireland’s busiest medical and research centre.
Now undergoing an ambitious transformation of its campus, St James’ Hospital is one of the country’s largest medical centres and an established feature of The Liberties. Innovative public health programmes, major new developments such as the Children’s Hospital Ireland, the potential relocation of the Maternity Hospital, and expanding support businesses now see the hospital at the centre of a new Healthcare & Well-being Quarter in the heart of the city. The hospital is embracing the opportunities offered by connected heathcare and open data, working with partners in The Liberties including enterprise clusters and third level institutes to realise the D8 Innovation Corridor.
The new Children’s Hospital Ireland at St James’s is a major element to transform the current campus into a national medical centre of excellence. The hospital is the State's largest infrastructure project and will create the country's first fully digital hospital and is expected to be completed and commissioned in 2023.
The most recent addition to the St James’s Hospital Campus has been MISA – Mercer Institute for Successful Ageing. This multi-million euro facility combines pioneering patient-focused clinical care with research and development, education and training and an innovative community outreach programme through its Creative Life Centre. MISA is a hub for world-leading research into successful ageing.
Did you know St James’s Hospital is the State’s largest medical centre, and with links to Trinity College Dublin making it Ireland’s largest teaching hospital and a major research centre. The hospital in numbers: 350 years of local services, 60 acres, 4,000 staff, €400m turnover, 300,000 outpatient visits each year, 1,000 beds, 45,000 emergency department visits each year. Pretty impressive!
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