Departments > Nursing

Registered nurses provide a high standard of nursing care to patients and residents underpinned by the core nursing values of compassion, care and commitment. Each unit’s nursing team is led by Clinical Nurse Managers and, as well as staff nurses, the team comprises care assistants, household staff and the ward clerk. The team works collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines in multidisciplinary teams to provide person-centered services to people with complex healthcare needs.

The following areas are part of the remit of the nursing department of The Royal Hospital Donnybrook:

  • Nursing Staff
  • Nursing Students
  • HIQA Person in Charge for Residential Care
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Household Staff
  • Complaints
  • Pastoral Care
  • Volunteers & Recreational Activities
  • Nursing Students
  • Risk Management

Nursing Students

The hospital facilitates undergraduate student nursing placements with BSc student nurses carrying out their placement for Care of the Older Person at the hospital.

For further information:  John Lavelle, Director of Nursing on 01 4066 639 or [email protected]

HIQA Person in Charge

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook has 66 residential care beds registered under HIQA as a designated centre.  The Director of Nursing is the HIQA Person in Charge of the designated centre pursuant to Regulation 14 and named in the Certificate of Registration issued in respect of the designated centre.  For more information on the responsibilities of the Person in Charge please go to the Health Act 2007 (Care and Support of Residents in Designated Centres for Persons (Children and Adults) with Disabilities) Regulations 2013 by clicking on this link:

Volunteers & Recreational Activities

The Volunteers at The Royal Hospital Donnybrook provide a valuable service, giving of their time and offering their services which improve the quality of life for our residents and patients.  The Volunteers form a vital part of the hospital’s activities function providing meaningful recreational, one to one or group activities for our residents and patients.

The local Community Employment Scheme (CES) provides the hospital with assistants who facilitate patient recreational activities and we are very grateful for their contribution to the daily life of the hospital.  A team of around a dozen assistants provide a wide-ranging menu of activities for residents of the hospital.  Operating up to six days and evenings a week, the choices provided by the team include quizzes, games, concerts, movie nights and excursions.

Volunteers are always needed and are very welcome.  If you would like to join the volunteer team in the hospital, please contact:

Neasa O’Donoghue, Volunteer Coordinator at 01 4066 675 or e-mail [email protected]

To register your interest, please complete our volunteer registration form:  Volunteer Registration Form

For further information on recreational activities, please contact, Monika Wolffe, Activity Coordinator at 01 4066 643.

Pastoral Care

Our Pastoral Care service provides spiritual and emotional support to patients and residents. Pastoral Care also provides support when needed to family members, relatives and friends of our patients and residents.

For further information:  contact our Chaplain, Avril Rankin, on 01 4066  716 or email [email protected]

Comments, Compliments and Complaints

Our information leaflet “How to Make Comments, Suggestions and Complaints” is widely available on all units in the hospital.

An explanation of the complaints process is available to download here.

Click here to download a copy of the hospital’s Comments, Compliments and Complaints Management Policy and Procedures document.

To make a comment, compliment or complaint you can talk to any member of our staff, a manager or the complaints officer. Alternatively you can

Email to: [email protected]
Write to: Complaints Manager, The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Morehampton Road, Dublin 4.