Regional Surgical Societies

In the Republic of Ireland surgical care is delivered across a variety of hospitals including teaching/university hospitals, regional hospitals and county hospitals. These hospitals are either state owned or voluntary i.e. not state-owned but state-financed, There are also several private hospitals across the country. The Department of Health and Children ( oversees health care in Ireland but the delivery of care is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive (HSE) ( with a separate and independent Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) responsible for quality, safety and accountability in the health service ( A major reconfiguration of Irish hospitals is currently being effected and in future it is likely that groups of hospitals, combined together, will function as networks to provide comprehensive services to the community. This has implications for the delivery of surgery and the training of young surgeons in Ireland. Eventually all surgery will be delivered by 8-10 hospital networks across the country.

There is a very strong surgical community in Ireland. As well as the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) there are a number of Irish surgical societies and several surgical meetings are held throughout the year.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is the pre-dominant body responsible for surgical training and standards in Ireland. It has a statutory role devolved to it by the Irish Government in these matters and is intimately involved in the design, delivery and assessment of basic and higher surgical training throughout the Republic ( The Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh & Ireland (The Surgeon) is a surgical journal jointly published by the RCSI and the RCSEd (

The Surgical Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) is open to all surgeons and surgical trainees in Ireland. It has an active programme of meetings and lectures held throughout the year in pursuit of its aim of exchanging scientific information and promoting academic discussion in surgery ( The Irish Journal of Medical Science is a medical journal published quarterly by the RAMI with many surgical papers (

Calendar of Irish Surgical Meetings:

Feb: Charter Day Meeting, RCSI, Dublin,
(Includes RAMI Braun Lecture)

Mar: Sylvester O’Halloran Meeting, University of
Limerick, Limerick.

Sept: Sir Peter Freyer Meeting, NUIG, Galway

Oct: Waterford Surgical October Meeting with
Surgical Section of RAMI, Waterford
Institute of Technology, Waterford.

Nov: Sir Terence Millin Meeting, RCSI, Dublin
(Includes RAMI Clinical Conundrums)

Irish Surgical Specialty Societies

Irish Society of Coloproctology
Hon Sec: Ms Debbie McNamara, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Irish Higher Surgical Training Group
Hon Sec: John Conneely, RSCI, Dublin

The Irish Institute of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
Contact: Caroline McGuiness, RCSI, Dublin

Irish Society of Urology
Hon Sec: Richard Power, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

Irish Association of Vascular Surgeons
Hon Sec: Mr E. Kavanagh, Midwestern Regional Hospital, Limerick

Hospitals in Republic of Ireland

For an alphabetical list of and links to all public and voluntary hospitals in the Republic of Ireland (n=49) please go to: