Coombe Women’s & Infants' University Hospital

About the Coombe Women’s & Infants' Hospital

Founded in 1826, the hospital has provided care for women, mothers and infants in the greater Dublin area and at regional and national levels for almost 200 years. More than 9,000 mothers give birth in the hospital every year, and over 1,000 infants are admitted to the paediatric unit. More than 8,000 surgical operations are performed at the Coombe each year. 

More than 700 medical, midwifery, nursing, research scientists and professions allied to medicine support a comprehensive range of highly specialised care in high risk maternal and fetal medicine, newborn medicine, anaesthesia and gynaecology. The hospital is a major academic centre for both University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin and has established an international reputation for excellence in clinical and laboratory research.  

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The hospital provides extensive postgraduate education for Senior House Officers and Specialist Registrars in Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Anaesthesia and Pathology. Special skills training is also provided in Labour Ward Leadership, Maternal Medicine, Perinatal Ultrasound, Neonatal Resusitation/Transport, Minimal Access Surgery, Basic and Advanced Colposcopy, Clinicians in Management, in addition to Anaesthetic Fellowship and MRCPI/MRCOG preparatory courses. The hospital also hosts the National Gynaecology Oncology Subspecialist Training Programmes with St James's Hospital, and participates in the Rotunda/Coombe/Columbia Subspecialist Training Programme in Fetal Medicine.

Student Experience

The Coombe Women's & Infants Hospital is a key location for our teaching in obstetrics and gynaecology during the final or penultimate years of our medicine degree programme.  

This six-week module is designed to build on earlier exposure to reproductive physiology and obstetric gynaecological and neonatal history-taking and examination and to introduce students to pathological aspects of reproduction and management. The module incorporates rotation through affiliated women's teaching hospitals (Coombe Women's & Infant's University Hospital and the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street).  

These are linked by daily teleconferenced teaching contacts, interspersed with in-patient ward, operating theatre, neonatal units and outpatient clinics. Emphasis is placed on student-delivered tutorial formats, performance of practical clinical procedures (including normal vaginal delivery) and clinical demonstrations, as well as theoretical lectures.