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 sees over 300,000 visits each year and is also a major economic driver for The Liberties. Innovative public health programmes, major new developments such as the Children’s Hospital Ireland, the potential relocation of the The Coombe 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 SmartD8 Smart City District.
Children’s Hospital Ireland at St James’s is a major element of the overall transformation of the current campus into an international 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.
St James’s Hospital is Ireland’s largest teaching hospital and a major research centre. The hospital provides acute, emergency, specialist services and residential care across a vast range of medical and surgical specialties and places high emphasis on excellence of delivery, research, innovation and education. The hospital in numbers: 350 years of local services, across 60 acres, over 4,000 staff, €400m turnover, over 300,000 outpatient visits each year, 1,000 beds, and over 45,000 emergency department visits each year.
SmartD8: Smart City District is a collaborative partnership between stakeholders in The Liberties and Dublin 8 focused on developing digital solutions to healthcare and community wellbeing challenges. SmartD8 falls under the Smart Dublin programme of smart city districts across the four Dublin local authorities.
One of Ireland's oldest hospitals, St Patrick's University Hospital was founded by Dean Jonathan Swift in 1745 and has operated for over 270 years as a recognised leader in mental healthcare in Ireland. The hospital provides community and outpatient care through its Dean Clinics and day patient services through its Wellness & Recovery Centre.
Primary Care services cover many of the health or social care services that you find in your community, outside of the hospital setting. This includes GPs, Public Health Nurses and a range of other services provided through local Health Offices. Primary care centres in the vicinity of The Liberties include Thomas Court and Rialto.
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