After almost 100 years Baggot Street Hospital closes its doors.

All acute services at Dublin's Baggot Street Hospital have been transferred to Saint James's Hospital. 

Built in 1893, the Royal City of Dublin Hospital on Upper Baggot Street, more commonly known as Baggot Street Hospital, is going the way of Jervis Street, the Richmond, and Doctor Steevens’ hospitals.  Now all of Dublin’s acute facilities will be located in Saint James’s or the new Beaumont Hospital.  

Patients were transferred to other hospitals today, but the hospital won’t be closing down completely, as it will reopen next year as a pilot project in community care, with fifty geriatric beds, a day care centre and a minor injuries emergency clinic.

Hospital management want Baggot Street to remain open for secondary care, but as yet have not received confirmation from the Department of Health. Chairman Robin Lewis-Crowley feels that bigger is not always necessarily better, 

It seems to be a necessity of this day and age, that the big hospital is the unit that’s more adaptable to the present-day needs, and present day costs.  But we always felt that in this hospital that we are very cost-effective, and we’re very sorry that the rationalisation has come so quick.

Most of the 350 existing staff is being redeployed to Saint James’s Hospital.  As one nurse optimistically comments, 

I’m going to Saint James’s Hospital, so if I’m half as happy there as I was here, I’ll be more than happy.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 December 1987.  The reporter is Brian O’Connell.