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We've been providing maternity services to women and their families for hundreds of years. We're constantly trying to adapt new ideas and techniques to improve outcomes for women and their babies.
In any large hospital, you'll come into contact with many staff from different disciplines and backgrounds. Every member of the hospital staff is aware of the emphasis we place on trying to make your stay in The Rotunda Hospital not only a healthy one, but also a happy and productive one.
The Rotunda also offers a comprehensive gynaecology service to women. General gynaecology has been a feature of the Hospital service for many years, and more recently special services have been added. These include a colposcopy clinic, and early pregnancy clinic.
Whatever your need or requirement, we hope that The Rotunda Hospital can serve you in the best way we can.
Prof. Fergal Malone, Master, The Rotunda Hospital
Our vision statement reflects the overall ambition of the Hospital. It serves as the baseline from which our Strategy is developed.
The Rotunda's vision is to be:
"the internationally recognised Maternity Hospital of Choice - Outstanding Care Delivered by Exceptional People"
As the leading Voluntary provider of maternity, neonatal, and gynaecologic care, our mission is to excel in the delivery of safe, innovative and responsive services for women and their families.
In our role as the major tertiary referral hospital and the designated regional lead, we will continue to develop sub-specialist care and shape national policy.
This will be underpinned by a strong commitment to the values of voluntarism, staff excellence, efficient use of resources, promotion of research and education, and enhanced alliances with our strategic partners.
The Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021 includes three Key Strategic Principles to focus on over the five year period.
The Royal Charter of 1756 outlines the constitution and the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Governors of the hospital.
As Guardians for the Rotunda Hospital the Board has a responsibility for promoting a collective vision for the hospital purpose, its vision, culture, values and behaviours it wishes to promote in conducting business.
The Rotunda Hospital is the oldest working maternity hospital in the world.
Ireland’s first maternity hospital was established in 1745 and the Rotunda moved to its current site on Parnell Square in 1757.
Today the hospital provides a full range of services to meet the needs of pregnant women and their babies as well as women with gynaecological conditions and women and men suffering infertility.
Comments on our service – your service your say.
We are committed to reviewing and improving all aspects of our service and we support the HSE’s 'your service, your say' initiative.
If you have any suggestions or feedback, please fill out one of the comment forms, which are available throughout the hospital.
In 1971 the Friends of the Rotunda was established to give financial help to the hospital to improve the comfort and efficiency of the services and to support research.
The Rotunda Hospital needs a large amount of money each year to improve patient facilities and to support ongoing research projects.
National Baby Friendly Hospital Award
The Rotunda was re-designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital after an inspection in 2012.
The award was presented by Dr Genevieve Becker, National Co-ordinator for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in the presence of Ms Nikita White from UNICEF and Ms Siobhan Hourigan, National Breastfeeding Co-ordinator with the HSE.
In 1745 Bartholomew Mosse, surgeon and man-midwife, founded the original Dublin Lying-In Hospital as a maternity training hospital, the first of its kind.
In 1757 the institution moved to a different location where it became "The New Lying-In Hospital". This is the hospital complex that is referred to today as simply "The Rotunda".