Tallaght Hospital changes name to Tallaght University Hospital

By Mary Dennehy 

TALLAGHT Hospital has changed its name to Tallaght University Hospital to reflect the evolution of the local health facility and its 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 proferssional development of staff in areas such as medicine, emergency medicine and surgery, health and social care professionals and nursing.

Tallaght Hospital

Tallaght Hospital, one of the country's leading academic teaching hospitals

Speaking about the name change, hospital 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, [on Friday] 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.”

He added: “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.”

David Slevin

Tallaght University Hospital CEO, David Slevin

The rollout of the new name will be carried out on a phased basis over the coming months, the hospital crest will remain unchanged aside from the addition of the word ‘University’ beneath the coat of arms.

The crest was designed by the Office of the Chief Herald when the hospital first opened in 1998 and remains an “intergral part” of its identity as it incorpoarted the heritage of the three hospitals that joined together to form the Adelaide, Meath incorporating the National Children’s Hospital – which later became Tallaght Hospital, and now Tallaght University Hospital.

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