Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Beaumont Hospital, is a public hospital located in Beaumont, Dublin, Ireland. It is managed by the Irish Government's Health Service Executive and provides acute-care hospital services, including a 24-hour emergency department, for the population of Dublin. In 2008, the hospital served 149,559 out-patients, and 21,576 in-patients, with an average stay of 10.5 nights. 75.9% of admissions were made via the accident and emergency department or 16,515 patients. In 2007, 46,335 patients presented to the emergency department. The hospital saw 38,796 day cases in the same year.

History
Beaumont Hospital was planned and commissioned from 1978 to 1984 and represented an investment of IR£50 million. Its design is a direct replica of Cork University College Hospital. It opened on November 29, 1987 following the closure of two smaller and older Dublin hospitals: The Charitable Infirmary, better known as Jervis Street Hospital and St. Lawrence's Hospital (known as The Richmond).

Education
Beaumont is the principal undergraduate and postgraduate medical training and research centre associated with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with whom it shares its campus. It also has a nurse training school in association with Dublin City University.

Specialities
  • National Referral Centre for Neurological Treatment, Directed by Orla Hardiman
  • National referral Centre for Neurosurgery
  • Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation Centre and Cochlear Implantation
  • Regional Ear, Nose and Throat Centre
  • Regional Gastroenterology Centre


Clinical research centre
Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre co-ordinated a successful bid to the Wellcome Trust for a major clinical research centre to be led by Professor Dermot P. Kelleher comprising two elements:
  • A new centre will be built at St. James's Hospital, Dublin.
  • A network of new clinical research facilities linking the proposed new centre to existing centres at Beaumont Hospital, St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.


Services
The hospital provides 751 beds, of which 631 are in-patient acute beds, while 110 are reserved for acute day cases. A further 10 beds are designated for in-patient psychiatric care. In-patient services include general medicine, general surgery, accident and emergency, neurosurgery, maxillofacial surgery, dermatology, nephrology and dialysis, endocrinology, infectious disease, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology (ENT), plastic surgery, urology, oncology, cardiology, orthopaedics, vascular surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, haematology, paediatrics, anaesthesia, radiology.

Waiting times
The national median waiting time for surgery in November 2009 stood at 2.5 months; at Beaumont Hospital this figure was 1.7 months. Overall waiting time was 1.6 months, below the national median of 2.4 months. As of November 2009, the National Treatment Purchase Fund listed the following waiting times for procedures:

Surgical
  • adult patients waiting 3”“6 months: 235
  • adult patients waiting 6”“12 months: 100
  • adult patients waiting over 12 months: 8
  • child patients waiting 3”“6 months: 7
  • child surgical patients waiting 6”“12 months: 2
  • child surgical patients waiting over 12 months: 0


Medical
  • adult patients waiting 3”“6 months: 160
  • adult patients waiting 6”“12 months: 94
  • adult patients waiting over 12 months: 4
  • child patients waiting 3”“6 months: 1
  • child patients waiting 6”“12 months: 0
  • child patients waiting over 12 months: 0


Hygiene
Independent audits rated hygiene levels as 62% satisfactory in 2005, rising to 83% in 2006. Hospital-acquired infection affected 7.2% of patients in 2007, with a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection rate of 0.23 per 1,000 bed days in 2007.