About RCSI Hospitals Group

RCSI Hospitals Group was established in 2015. The Group comprises the following hospitals:

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Cavan and Monaghan Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

The RCSI Hospitals Group serves populations in five counties – North Dublin, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. The area stretches from the north banks of the River Liffey in Dublin City Centre, north to the border with Northern Ireland, and west to the border with County Donegal. It comprises urban, rural and commuter belt areas, and covers approximately 6,817 square kilometres in total. There is considerable variation in population density from a low of 39 persons per square kilometre in Cavan to a high of 4,139 persons per square kilometre in north Dublin city.

The actual, estimated and projected population for the RCSI catchment area from 1996 to 2021 (for our general hospital services) are displayed in Figure 1. The population has grown rapidly from 567,753 in 1996 to 817,522 in 2011, an increase of 44%. The population of the RCSI catchment area is due to increase to approximately 875,000 by 2021 (see Figure 1). For maternity services our catchment area is bigger and our population is projected to grow from 1 million in 2011 to 1.1 million in 2021.

Figure 1: Actual, Estimated and Projected Population for RCSI Hospitals Catchment Area, 1996-2021

A wide range of emergency, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services are provided across these, supported by a workforce of 8,353 WTE staff (August 2016 census). Our aim is to provide high quality and safe care underpinned by the development of a single effective corporate and clinical governance structure.

Our operational and strategic focus centres on:

  • Meeting the needs of our patients
  • Integration of all current services
  • Development of appropriate patient pathways
  • Integration with community services through working with the three CHOs associated with the population served by the RCSI group.
  • Evidence-based best practice
  • Risk awareness and a quality improvement approach

The RCSI Hospitals Group is committed to improving clinical performance in scheduled and unscheduled care and the development of clinical networks and delivery systems to improve access to excellent care, in accordance with the HIQA National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare and in alignment with the National Committee on Clinical Excellence, the National Clinical Programmes and the National Cancer Control Programme Guidelines.