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ELPIS Private Hospital Dublin

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Don

I am researching ELPIS Private Hospital ( Nursing Home) Mount Street Dublin.

The only casualty I know who was admitted there was Captain Fieldon 10th Hussars.

He was admitted on the 6th November 1914.

It was I think the first private hospital established in Ireland.

Coincidently Brigadier Malise who was mentioned five times in dispatches during the GW, died in the Hospital in August 1929 after a fall, in which his horse knicked him in the head during the RDH horse show.

He was CO of the 10th Hussars in 1923.

If members had any info about the Hospital I would be very grateful.

Regards

Gerry

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Michael Pegum

It was probably at 19 - 21, Lower Mount Street, where it appears on the 1911 Census. No. 18 seems to have been the nurses' home.

Nos. 18 to 21 still form a single building, as can be seen on Google Earth.

This doesn't help much, but you would be able to get some more information in the Dublin Directories in the National Library, now that you know where it was.

Michael

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Don

Many thanks Michael.

I will check the Directories

Regards

Gerry

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jdoyle

following link may be of interest

"The shortage of skilled nursing available for private patients per­suaded Miss Huxley to open a nursing home in 1890. The home, which was later called 'Elpis', was the first in the country to provide private patients with medical and surgical nursing care. It started in a house near the hospital, at 48 Lower Mount Street, and Miss Huxley employed a trained nurse from the hospital to run the home. She made an arrangement with the governors of the hospital, so that probationers spent two months of their training working in the home and thus gaining experience in private nursing, 'the benefit received and gained would be about equal'. After a few years the nursing home needed additional accommodation and moved to 19-20-21 Lower Mount Street, where it became one of the most popular nurs­ing homes in Dublin."

https://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/file/0005/298472/Margaret_Huxley_ch_6_BoN.rtf

A bit of info re Margaret Huxley

http://www.oscailtmagazine.com/unitarian%20magazine/Great%20Woman.html

http://rcnarchive.rcn.org.uk/data/VOLUME088-1940/page027-volume88-february1940.pdf

Michael Davitt and J M Synge passed away in this nursing home/hospital.

A mention re the Easter Rising in this newspaper report

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=DOM19160630.2.4

and peppered with bullets :

http://www.forgottenbooks.org/readbook_text/Six_Days_of_the_Irish_Republic_1000486442/51

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Michael Pegum

Now that we have the correct spelling (Elpis*), the name can be understood: the personification and spirit of hope (according to Wikipedia!).

Michael

*I think you originally put 'Eplis'.

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Don

I must commend you on the research.

It's very interesting and a great help to my research.

Thank you for taking the time and trouble

Regards

Gerry

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jdoyle

hope the above has been of help.

There is a small reference to Miss Huxley and her assistants in the 1916 Rebellion Handbook (p241 in my copy) re 79 wounded men being taken by a variety of helpers into the Sir Patrick Dun's Nursing Home, almost opposite Elpis.

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Peter Kelly

The Ellis Nursing Home lasted in Lower Mount Street until the 1960s or 1970s. I had my tonsils removed there around 1946. When the building was demolished and replaced (I think) by offices, the distinctive portico was salvaged and stands there to this day. The Irish patriot Michael Davitt and the playwright J. M. Synge both died in the Elpis. 

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