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Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) Group

St. Vincent’s University Hospital has the largest concentration of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgery in the country, including the National Liver Transplant Unit and Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney (SPK) units. Our clinical team includes the surgical expertise of specialist Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic (HPB) surgeons, three consultant hepatologists, four consultant anaesthetists, and consultants in intensive care and pain management.

There is a comprehensive cancer service including medical and radiation oncology and a highly specialised team of interventional and diagnostic radiologists, interventional endoscopist and specialist pathologists.  The hospital has a strong team of specialist cancer nurses and allied health professionals including a fully developed palliative care service.

Pancreatic cancer surgery is highly complex requiring a sophisticated surgical team and support services to achieve the best outcomes. International evidence shows that the best survival and best outcome opportunities are achieved when surgery is concentrated in institutions performing significant volumes of surgery, performed by experienced personnel. 


Clinical team    

Our multi-disciplinary team includes surgeons, anaesthetists, radiologists, intensivists, endoscopists, clinical nurse specialists and allied health professionals.



Other useful contact details

  • Sharon Glynn – Clinical Nurse Specialist – Hepatopancreaticobiliary
  • Anne McGuire – Clinical Nurse Specialist – Hepatopancreaticobiliary

Referral information

We accept consultant and GP referrals.

  • Please ensure all relevant imaging diagnostics, pathology along with hard copy reports are sent with the referral form to the National Surgical Centre Pancreatic Cancer (NSCPC). Radiology films and reports should be sent directly to the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) Group, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.
  • Pathology reports and slides clearly identifying the case should be sent to Dr. Niall Swan, Consultant Histopathologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.
  • The National Surgical Centre for Pancreatic Cancer (NSCPC) Referral Form must be completed in full and signed before submission.
  • Referral form and written reports can be emailed to the Clinical Nurse Specialists or the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator for pancreatic surgery at or
  • Once the referral is received it is triaged by the hepatobiliary CNS and stamped with the date received and a plan of action is put in place for MDT, OPD plus or minus surgical admission.
  • Upon receipt of the national referral form, all relevant imaging diagnostics and reports, the patient will be discussed at the next MDT, which is held every Wednesday at 07.15. The closing day and time for receipt of referrals for the MDT is the previous Friday at 12.00.
  • Referrals not accompanied by the relevant imaging diagnostics and reports will not be discussed until all radiology and or pathology reports have been received.
  • Following MDT the patient treatment recommendations agreed at MDT will be forwarded to referring consultant on the treatment plan letter.
  • It is the responsibility of each referring consultant to have appropriate diagnostic imaging and reports available for the MDT, i.e. referral forms, completed in full, etc.

Referral Documents

Useful links


tel:  (01) 221 5031/3425


Ground Floor
St. Rita’s Building
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Elm Park
Dublin 4

Opening Hours

Mon to Thur:  07.30 – 16.30
Fri:                    07.30 -16.00
Sat/Sun:          on-call hours

The Liver Transplant Unit is on call 24-hours, 365 days a year.