The Royal Hospital Donnybrook

Specialist Hospital/Clinic | Dublin, Ireland

Hospital description

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook (RHD) provides hospital care for people requiring rehabilitation, respite, complex continuing care and day hospital services. It has a long history, having first being established in 1745 and it is very proud of the tradition of care provided at the hospital; something which it is keen to develop as technology and medical innovations improve. The total service provided at Donnybrook is characterised by teamwork involving medical, nursing and therapy experts. This also includes a team of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, clinical psychology, nutrition and medical social workers.

The RHD is an independent charity primarily funded by the HSE. All services are provided on a public basis only; the hospital does not accept private patients. As all people aged 70 or over are entitled to a medical card, the hospital does not charge for rehabilitation services provided to older people and therefore offers a good option for students wishing to take an elective in Ireland at a public hospital.

Broadly defined, the hospital provides services for people who have:

•Cerebrovascular accidents (50%)
•Multiple Sclerosis (and other neurological disorders) (20%)
•Sequelae of trauma (15%)
•Osteo and rheumatoid arthritis (15%)

Approximately 80% of patients return home within 70 days after treatment at the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, evidence of the excellent care provided by the rehabilitation staff. The RHD has also developed a small sheltered housing complex, Cullenswood, which provides 32 residents with independent living facilities in a beautiful, tranquil setting. A second development, comprising 20 apartments in the adjacent Bloomfield Park development, opened in 2008.

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook provides its services to a catchment area whose population was 324,308 in 1996. The population of the catchment area has been steadily growing since this time and it is anticipated that patients in the over 75 age category will grow by over a third (38%) up to 2021. Therefore it is important that the hospital continues to build upon its strong basis of care in order to ensure that it can continue to surpass the demands made upon it.


Hospital type Specialist Hospital/Clinic
Local language English
Funding Status NGO/Charity


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