An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to build a new children’s hospital on a campus shared with St. James’s Hospital. The project will bring together the three existing children’s hospitals; Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital, under the one roof for the first time.
The new children’s hospital will be a world-class facility providing secondary paediatric services for children living within the M50, and specialist services for the country as a whole. The Paediatric OPD and Urgent Care Centres at Tallaght and Connolly will provide secondary care to children in the Greater Dublin Area, outside of the M50.
Construction will commence this summer which is due to be completed by 2020. The hospital will have 380 single in-patient rooms, 42 beds in critical care unit and 18 neonatal critical care units.
Eilísh Hardiman, CEO, the Children’s Hospital Group said:
“This truly is a watershed day for children, young people and their families. Today’s decision will positively transform how paediatric services are delivered for children and young people here in Ireland. These buildings are a significant catalyst for how the new national model of care will be delivered. We are now firmly on our way to making this long awaited children’s hospital a reality. Anyone who deals with paediatric services in Ireland – as a patient, a parent or as a member of staff – fully understands how badly this new facility is needed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and the Design teams BDP & O’Connell Mahon, and all that contributed to getting us to this milestone”.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD said:
“This is fantastic news for all the children of Ireland – it will produce a state of the art hospital of which everyone can be proud.”