Services, General

01 July, 2022

Our mental health hospital in Lucan officially changes name

Photo of the entrance to the road leading to St Patrick's Hospital Lucan, showing a sign with the hospital name on the right hand side of the road

New signage has been erected at our campus in Lucan, County Dublin to reflect the hospital’s official name change.

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) has added new signs for “St Patrick’s Hospital Lucan” at our inpatient hospital in Lucan.

The addition of the signs comes following an official change in the hospital’s name from its former name, St Edmundsbury Hospital. The name change has been introduced to reflect how the hospital is an integral part of SPMHS and to reassure our service users and their supporters of the high quality mental healthcare they can expect to receive there.

History of our Lucan campus

History of our Lucan campus

SPMHS was founded in 1746 at the original St Patrick’s University Hospital site in Dublin 8. Throughout the 19th century, the hospital grew significantly, requiring a number of extensions. By the 1870s, there was a growing demand for mental health services and a recognition that further space for delivering inpatient mental healthcare was needed.

In 1898, SPMHS acquired a Georgian house, St Edmundsbury, set in its own grounds in Lucan. SPMHS refurbished and used the house over the following years to offer care for service users, along with recreational facilities, such as communal areas and a tennis court. For some time, a working farm on the St Edmundsbury grounds also provided food for the hospital.

In the 1980s, the hospital was extended with modern, purpose-built accommodation, adding more than 40 rooms, with the original house then being renovated to enhance the facilities available.

Today, our hospital in Lucan is a 52-bed facility, providing a wide range of mental health services, including inpatient care and day programmes, and outpatient Dean Clinic community services catering for a wide range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, alcohol/chemical dependence, dual diagnosis, the mental health of older adults and bipolar disorder.

Change in name

Change in name

While the hospital has been known as “St Patrick’s, Lucan” for the past number of years, its name was officially updated and registered with the Mental Health Commission as “St Patrick’s Hospital Lucan” in June 2022.

The official name change to St Patrick’s Hospital Lucan aims to unite all of our services and to increase awareness that the hospital is a central part of SPMHS, which is the largest independent, not-for-profit mental health service provider in Ireland. Along with St Patrick’s University Hospital and Willow Grove Adolescent Unit, our hospital in Lucan is one of our three approved inpatient centres with the Mental Health Commission. It has consistently achieved high to full compliance in the Mental Health Commission’s annual inspections.

John Flaherty of St Patrick's Hospital Lucan said:

“This is an exciting moment for our hospital in Lucan. We are very proud of the rich history and quality mental healthcare that are part of the legacy of St Edmundsbury."

"At SPMHS, we are constantly working towards a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a mentally healthy life and seeking to be at the forefront of mental healthcare. With this name change, we are reinforcing how important St Patrick’s Hospital Lucan is to the innovative, mentally healthy future we are striving towards.”

Watch a short video on our history

Watch a short video on our history

Take a tour of St Patrick's Hospital Lucan

Take a tour of St Patrick's Hospital Lucan

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