The hospital was founded in 1747 with money bequeathed by Jonathan Swift following his death in 1745. St Patrick's University Hospital is Ireland's largest independent not-for-profit mental health hospital.
Situated on Steeven’s Lane, between Heuston Station and St James’s Hospital, St. Patrick’s is well served by public transport, with bus, rail and Luas services all within a 5-10 minute walk from the hospital. Limited paid parking is also available for visitors travelling by car.
Hospital visiting times
2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
6.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Heuston Station is less than a 5 minute walk from St. Patrick’s University Hospital
The Red Line Luas runs every 5 minutes from the City Centre to St. Patrick’s University Hospital. The journey is approx 5-10 minutes from the City Centre. You need to get off at the Heuston Station stop and St. Patrick’s is a 5 minute walk from there.
13 | 123 to James' Street or the 25A | 25B | 66X | 67X | 79 | 79A to Heuston Station and from either of these locations it is a 5-10 minute walk.
The main goal of occupational therapy is to support service users to take part in the everyday activities that matter to them. There are a wide range of activities available within the hospital, including art, pottery, craft and a computer room.
The music room has a valuable impact on mental health recovery.For some service users the therapeutic value of music is a substantial part of their recovery plan.
Exercise is seen as an important part of service users’ recovery. Tailored exercise plans are available as are Yoga classes, Pilates classes and Circuit Training.
The Wishing Well Family Room
The "Wishing Well" Family Room has beed designed as a space for people to use and enjoy when they have children coming to visit them in hospital.
The Information Centre provides information on mental health, hospital services as well as a range of mental health books.
Service User Library
Formally presented to the hospital in November 1984 by the Association of the Friends of St. Patrick's Hospital for the benefit of service users and staff.
Ridgeways Restaurant is located to the rear of the main reception and is open to the public. There are vending machines with snacks located throughout the hospital in common areas.
Amanda Jane’s Hairdressing Service provides a full range of hairdressing services for male and female service users.
We have a pharmacy on site, which can fulfill your prescription needs.
GP Primary Care Service
St Patrick’s University Hospital opened a new GP Primary Care Service in November 2015, in the main hospital building. The aim of the service is to improve the physical health of our service users. The service is available to admitted service users in both St Patrick’s University Hospital & St Edmundsbury Hospital, Lucan.
The GP is available for morning or afternoon clinics, Mondays to Fridays. There are two practice nurses who are available 9am-5pm, Mondays to Fridays. This is an appointment only service & referrals can be made through any member of the Service User’s Multi-disciplinary Team within St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.
Mass is celebrated in the Oratory daily and in the lecture hall on Sundays.
Internet Access for Service Users
St. Patrick's Mental Health Services offers computer use and Internet connectivity for service users. Complimentary Wifi is available to service users and visitors.
There is an external post box located at main reception desk. Stamps can be purchased in the Oasis Shop.
The Oasis Shop
The Oasis Shop is located on the ground floor adjacent to the entrance of Ridgeways Restaurant and supplies barista coffee, snacks, drinks, newspapers, magazines, cards, postage stamps, and toiletries.
At St. Patrick's Mental Health Services Care Teams are Multidisciplinary.
What is an MDT?
“A mental health team comprising of a variety of professional staff. Core team members should include: psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. Other special therapists may also be available”.
Mental Health Commission (2009:13)
What is the role of the MDT?
The different professions all have different areas of expertise, so that they can combine their skill sets if necessary to tackle complex and challenging mental health conditions. The multidisciplinary team meet regularly to discuss their work with individuals so that each service user has a care plan best suited to their individual needs.
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