Tallaght Hospital Announces a Change of Title to Tallaght University Hospital

New Name9 March 2018 Tallaght Hospital has announced today that it is formally changing the name of the hospital to Tallaght University Hospital. The change of title marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the Hospital. The Board and Management believe the new name is more reflective of the Hospital’s position as one of the country’s leading academic teaching hospitals.

As one of the two main teaching hospitals for Trinity College Dublin, Tallaght Hospital specialises in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as medicine, emergency medicine and surgery, health and social care professionals and nursing.

Speaking about the name change CEO David Slevin, said: “The evolution from Tallaght Hospital to Tallaght University Hospital is a subtle but important change for us and formalises our status as one of the country’s major academic teaching hospitals that continues to be at the forefront of innovative research. For example, today we announced that we will take the lead, alongside Trinity College Dublin, on the first national research study for patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasm vasculitis which effects approximately 1,000 people in Ireland. This is just one example from an array of collaborative research activities that are ongoing between the Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. While we have been one of the two main teaching hospitals for Trinity since our inception, this change in title is also in line with the trend for voluntary and statutory hospitals ensuring that their affiliations with academic teaching partners are appropriately embedded in their identity.”

The rollout of the new name will be carried out on a phased basis over the coming months. 

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About Tallaght University Hospital
Tallaght University Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric bed with over 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.

Tallaght University Hospital is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. Tallaght University Hospital is uniquely part of both the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.

A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght University Hospital as part of the National Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally.

The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 50,286 Adult Attendances and 32,886 Paediatric Attendances in 2017. A further 291,483 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2017. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.
About the Tallaght University Hospital Crest

Crest• The Crest was designed by the Office of the Chief Herald when the Hospital first opened in 1998 and remains an integral part of its identity as it incorporated the heritage of the three hospitals that joined together at that time to form the Adelaide, Meath incorporating the National Children’s Hospital latterly known as Tallaght Hospital, and now Tallaght University Hospital.
• The Red Cross with white background recalls symbols used by both the Meath and National Children Hospital. The Red Cross represents the order of nursing and the cross is also the supreme Christian symbol.
• The motto is a prayer ‘To be the healer of every ailment in mind, body and spirit’.
• The sun is a powerful symbol of healing.
• The Harp reflects Trinity College’s coat of arms and links the campus to Tallaght and Ireland and our national commitments, a Harp also appears on the Meath Arms.
• Tallaght University Hospital is the combination of three hospitals, bringing together over 600 years of medical and nursing care from different traditions, including the former Meath Hospital which had the distinction of being the oldest medical teaching hospital in Ireland.
• The Rue wreath recalls the crancelin of the Adelaide Shield and Rue represents remembrances in Heraldry.
• The book represents teaching and research which are key aspects of the campus. It also refers to Fillire Oengussa – a renowned Martyrology of Aengus Abbot of Tallaght - a work written in c 800AD. Tallaght in Irish on the page establishes the site of the monastery where the book was written as well as the location of the Hospital.