St. Luke's General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

St Luke's General Hospital is a large acute general hospital in Kilkenny City which provides a wide range of acute healthcare services to the people of counties Carlow and Kilkenny.

General Manager - Ms Anne Slattery
Director of Nursing - Ms Helen Butler
Clinical Director - Prof Garry Courtney

Freshford Road, Kilkenny. R95 FY71

Phone: 056 778 5000
Fax: 056 772 1149

St Luke's General Hospital is part of the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG). Comprising 12 hospitals, the IEHG is Ireland's largest hospital group, with University College Dublin (UCD) as its academic partner.

St Luke's is a teaching hospital for medical students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and from the University of Limerick School of Medicine.


View the Statement of Purpose.


Patient Information Notice - Ormond Wing

Please be advised from Monday, 30th of May 2022, the new Ormond Wing North Entrance is open to all patients, visitors and staff members. This is now the main Hospital Entrance.

Ormond Wing North Entrance


Visiting Information

Visiting restrictions update as of 04/10/2022.

Visiting Restrictions are currently in place in the Suir Ward, Surgical Medical Unit (SMU) and Surgical 3 at St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny for the safety of our patients, staff and community and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Limited visiting to these wards is facilitated for compassionate and critical circumstances only. The visiting restrictions in place are in line with the HPSC Acute Hospital COVID-19 IPC Precautions (V2.15, 22.09.2022).pdf and is regularly reviewed by hospital management.

All such visits must be directly prearranged with the Nurse in Charge on the ward/unit. Our support staff are notified daily of patients for whom compassionate and critical visiting has been arranged and by whom. No other visitors will be permitted access to the ward/unit. 

The contact number for the Suir Ward is 056-7717709, Surgical Medical Unit (SMU) is  056 7785186 and Surgical 3 is 056-7785244.


For all other wards in the hospital:

  • Visiting times are from 2pm - 4pm and 6.30 – 8.30pm daily.
  • Phoning the hospital to arrange a visit is no longer required unless specifically advised in relation to visiting of patients located in a Covid 19 ward.
  • Visiting is limited to one family member/nominated visitor per patient per visiting time (if there is a requirement for a carer to support a family member visitor, this will need to be agreed with the ward manager/nurse in charge as this may/may not be feasible in some large ward areas). Children under 16 years are not allowed to visit the adult wards unless agreed in advance on strict compassionate grounds with the ward manager/nurse in charge.
  • Visitors are requested to keep the time spent visiting as short as possible and not to exceed 1 hour duration.
  • A visitor must remain at the bedside of the patient they are visiting and not visit any other patient in the ward area
  • It is advisable that patients and families speak with the ward manager/nurse in charge  if unsure or any queries on the visiting arrangements.
  • There are exceptional circumstances where patients may require greater visitor support during their stay, whilst in hospital in terms of end of life, critical care and other exceptional circumstances. Any exceptional visiting arrangement will require the agreement of the ward manager and the family will be advised accordingly.
  • Infection control measures are in place and it is mandatory for everyone anyone who visits a patient in the hospital to  wear a surgical facemask at all times and to perform hand hygiene on entering  the hospital and when leaving  the ward you are visiting.
  • Please do not visit the hospital if you have any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss or change to your sense of smell/taste or generally feeling unwell). Visitors may also take an antigen test at home prior to attending the hospital as an added protected measure for the patient they are visiting.
  • There are no changes to the current  visiting arrangements in the Maternity and Paediatric departments.
  • The current visiting arrangements will be kept under review and will be updated in relation to any infectious disease outbreak, which may warrant visitor restrictions.

Hospital Acquired COVID-19 and Vaccination V1.1 16.6.22                 

COVID-19 Information Sheet for Inpatients V1.5 16.6.22          

 SLGH Visiting Leaflet October 2022      


SLGH Patient Information Booklet

Download the St Luke's General Hospital Patient Information Booklet

We know that the prospect of coming into hospital can be a worrying time for you and your family. Our staff will strive to make your stay as comfortable as possible. This booklet provides information that may be helpful to you during your stay and we hope you find it useful.



For medicine guides developed by health experts, go to

Further medications are being added on an ongoing basis.


Towards an Age-Friendly Hospital - St Luke's Kilkenny - A case study in practice

St Luke's Age-Friendly Hospital programme, together with a range of complementary and significant older person-focused service improvement programmes, is demonstrating that hospitals can become more inclusive and supportive of older people by addressing their expressed concerns across a range of interrelated domain areas. The following themes, among others, were considered as part of the many early-stage age-friendly and older person-focused initiatives adopted by St Luke's across recent years: 

  1. Outdoor spaces and the build or physical environment
  2. Transportation and other access-related issues
  3. Home and community support services
  4. The hospital's service environment.

These and other related themes have led to the identification of practical changes which hospitals can consider to make their environments more age-friendly and age aware.


Wellbeing Kilkenny

For a list of online supports for all age groups (children, teenagers and adults) and other related resources in the Kilkenny area, please see the following Wellbeing Kilkenny - Eat Well, Sleep Well, Stay Active, Connect to Others.


Feedback and Complaints - Patient Advocacy Service

The Patient Advocacy Service is a new, independent, free and confidential service to assist people to make a complaint about the care they have experienced in public acute hospitals, through the HSE Your Service, Your Say policy. It was launched by Minister Harris on the 13th November at the National Patient Safety Conference. For further information, go to 


GDPR & Data Protection

Find further information and guidance on the Ireland East Health Group (IEHG) GDPR & Data Protection Policy Statement  


National Guidelines on Accessible Health and Social Care Services

The HSE has published new guidelines to give practical guidance to all health and social care staff about how they can provide accessible services to patients and clients with disabilities. The guidelines aim to enable staff to effectively and competently deal with issues arising from a person's disability.


A Winning Team - Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre and St Luke's General Hospital Team Up To Support Kilkenny Oncology Patients 

St Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny, and Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre have entered into a collaboration to assist, support and streamline the referral process of patients attending the Oncology Department in the hospital to the various services offered by Cois Nore.

Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre team members will visit the Oncology Day Ward in St Luke's weekly to meet with patients and inform them of the various therapies and supports that they provide. Cancer patients attend the Oncology Day Ward, which is based in the new building in St Luke's, for Chemotherapy treatment and follow up.

Cois Nore, based at No. 8 Walkin Street, Kilkenny, offers a range of therapies including counselling, reflexology and massage, on a one to one basis.

Group Therapies of yoga, fatigue management, expressive arts therapy, living with cancer, strides for life, lymphedema management and mindfulness, along with additional groups/workshops and information sessions, are held throughout the year. Information sessions cover topics such as communicating with children about cancer, mindful eating and coping with anxiety.

"We all need help," said Mags Bowen, Therapeutic Services Manager at Cois Nore. "Those who have had a cancer diagnosis need emotional, psychological support and understanding. Meaningful support can take place on many levels. We can aid a person's healing through therapeutic interventions. We provide talk and touch therapies free of charge in order to assist the process. Our whole ethos is about the person and their loved ones. Our relationships are built on collaboration respect and care."

"We are delighted to be working with Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre," said Patricia Murphy, Clinical Nurse Manager 2 in the Oncology Day Ward, St Luke's. "For many patients, the cancer journey can be a long and difficult road. They often don't know where to start in terms of accessing support. Having representatives from Cois Nore come in to chat to our patients about their services will be of great benefit."

-  St Luke's & Cois Nore (Press release 20th March 2018)


St. Luke's General Hospital Maternity Unit - Advice for Mothers following birth  

Advice for Mothers following birth - This is a special time for you and your family.  Getting used to life with your new baby can be challenging and exhausting.  Your body is going through a lot of changes and this is a time to nurture both yourself and your baby. This booklet is designed to give you information and advice on caring for yourself in the weeks and months following birth.

St Luke's General Hospital Integrated Community Midwifery Service

The Maternity Department of St Luke's are delighted to announce the new Integrated Community Midwifery Service. This will mean that women who are attending SLGH Maternity Services will be provided with an expert service which offers an alternative choice for them in the type of care and birthing options that are currently available such as DOMINO and Early Transfer Home Services.

Read the Maternity Statement Of Purpose SLGH 2019  


Maternity Patient Safety Statements

Read the full list of Maternity Patient Safety Statements  


Child Safeguarding Statement

The safety, welfare and development of children and young people is a core objective and key priority for St Luke's General Hospital, Carlow-Kilkenny. Please see the St Luke's General Hospital Child Safeguarding Statement 2022 and the HSE (Corporate) Child Safeguarding Statement for further details.


HSE Ireland - YouTube

Check out the HSEIreland/YouTube link for information on a wide range of health and social service-related content, mostly from the HSE and some from related organisations, e.g. Dementia, Quit Smoking, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention, Under the Weather, etc.,  


End PJ Paralysis Campaign 

St Luke's General Hospital Carlow-Kilkenny Encourages Patients to Get Up and Get Dressed! - SLGH has launched its 'End PJ Paralysis'  campaign to encourage people to get up and get dressed each day. Research has shown that most people feel better in their own clothes and, statistically, have shorter lengths of stay in hospital when they get up, get dressed and get moving as soon as possible.