St Patrick’s University Hospital

St Patrick's University Hospital is Ireland's largest independent not-for-profit mental health hospital.

The hospital provides a comprehensive range of mental health services; inpatient care (241 beds), day patient programmes, and outpatient Dean Clinic community services that cater for a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, alcohol/chemical dependence, dual diagnosis and bipolar mood disorder.

Treatment and care is provided by multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) consisting of psychiatrists, registrars, ward based nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, cognitive behavioural therapists and family therapists. Accommodation is mainly in en-suite single rooms.

St Patrick's is situated on Steeven’s Lane in Dublin 8, between Heuston Station and St James’s Hospital.

  • Find us

    Travelling to St Patrick’s is very simple. 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 five to ten minute walk from the hospital. Limited paid parking is also available for visitors travelling by car.

    Rail information

    Heuston Station is less than a five minute walk from St Patrick’s.

    LUAS information

    The Red Line LUAS runs every five minutes from the city centre and makes a quick link to St Patrick's. The journey takes between five and ten minutes from the city centre. You need to get off at the Heuston Station stop and the hospital is a five minute walk from there.

    Bus information

    The bus routes below stop nearby to St Patrick's.

    • 13 | 40 | 123 to James' Street / Thomas Street
    • 25/A/B | 66/A | 67 | 69 | 79/A | 90 | 145 | 747  to Heuston Station.

    From either of these locations, it is a three minute walk to the hospital.

    Hospital visiting times

    Our usual visiting hours are between 2om and 5pm, and from 6pm to 8.30pm. During the coronavirus outbreak, please check updates to our visiting hours before coming to the hospital.

  • Our facilities

    Occupational Therapy 

    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 occupational therapy facilities available within St Patrick's, including an art room, pottery room, craft room and a computer room.

    Art Room

    Craft Room

    Pottery Room

    Therapeutic Garden

    Music 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.

    Driving Simulator

    The Driving Simulator facilitates the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation process of our service users as drivers. It provides a great opportunity for re-training, as well as increasing levels of awareness of road safety.


    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. 

    Wishing Well Family Room

    The Wishing Well Family Room has been designed as a space for service users to use and enjoy when they have children coming to visit them in hospital.

    Information Centre

    The Information Centre provides information on mental health and hospital services, as well as a range of mental health books.

    Service User Library

    Our library was 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

    Ridgeways Restaurant is located to the rear of the main reception and is open to the public. There are vending machines with snacks located in common areas throughout the hospital.

    Hairdressing service

    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 has been operating a GP Primary Care Service since 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 and St Patrick's, Lucan (St Edmundsbury).

    The GP is available for morning or afternoon clinics, Mondays to Fridays. There are two practice nurses who are available 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays. This is an appointment only service, and referrals can be made through any member of your multidisciplinary team.


    Mass is celebrated in the Oratory daily and in the Lecture Hall on Sundays.

    Internet access

    St Patrick's 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 the main reception desk. Stamps can be purchased in the hospital shop.

    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.

  • Care Teams

    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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St Patrick's, Lucan

Learn more about our multidisciplinary teams

Learn more about our multidisciplinary teams

Mental health information and support

See frequently asked questions (FAQs) on mental health and our services.

01 249 3200 See our FAQs

Referral and Assessment Service

Contact us for queries regarding referrals to our services.

01 249 3635 See more from our referrals team