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The Catering Department is responsible for providing all food services to patients, staff and visitors in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. Our aim is to ensure we deliver on all of their dietary needs which includes tailoring menus to meet certain therapeutic, ethnic or special dietary requirements.

Patient food services

A carefully planned HACCP* programme ensures that we prioritise food safety, quality and overall nutritional value. All patients are encouraged to only consume food provided by the Catering Department throughout their hospital stay as food which is not subject to strict monitoring and safety guidelines can pose a risk to their own health and to the health of other patients.
*Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points

Patient ward meal times

Patient meals are served on the wards between 07:30 and 21:00, Monday to Sunday.

Meal Time
Breakfast 08:00
Morning break 10:00
Lunch 12:10
Evening meal 16:45
Late evening beverage 19:30-20:30

St. Vincent’s University Hospital operates a protected mealtime policy.  The policy ensures that patients have a dedicated mealtime, free from as many interruptions as possible between the hours of 12:00 noon and 13:30.  This will allow patients to complete their meal and receive support if needed.

Guidance for patients and relatives bringing food into hospital

We strongly urge all visitors – in the interest of patient and food safety – not to bring in food to patients as it may pose a risk to their health and treatment plans. The Catering Department will endeavour to tailor the food they provide to meet the patient’s needs and patients are encouraged to discuss any dietary requirements with a dietician, catering officer, catering supervisor or senior nurse.

Staff and visitor meal services


The restaurant is situated on the ground floor. We provide a full self-service menu for staff and visitors. The options available include healthy-eating options, salad bar, vegetarian meals, snacks as well as any ethnic and religious food requirements. (Due to Covid-19 restrictions the restaurant is currently closed.)

  • Opening hours
    • Mon to Fri:          07.00 – 18.30
    • Sat/Sun/
      Bank Hol:   
      07.00 – 14.30

The restaurant is reserved for staff only during peak times: i.e lunch 12.30 – 13.45 and tea 17.30 – 18.30

Coffee shops

There are a number of cafes in the Clinical Services Building, next to the hospital’s main entrance and in the main atrium – all providing a variety of teas, coffees, pastries and sandwiches to staff and visitors.

Other useful contact details

  • Head of Catering – Theresa Peare
  • Deputy Head of Catering – Rosemary Hickey
  • Patients Catering Services Manager – Sarah Hobbs
  • Administration Office
  • Catering Officer (on duty)
    • tel: (01) 221 4651/4551

Useful links


tel:   (01) 221 4555
fax:  (01) 221 3788


Basement Corridor
Clinical Services Building
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Elm Park
Dublin 4

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri:               07.00 – 18.30
Sat/Sun/Bank Hol:   07.00 – 14.30