The Future for Paediatric Care
The new children’s hospital is the largest, most complex and significant capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland. It is the catalyst that will enhance how acute health services are delivered and will result in better clinical outcomes for children and young people.
When the hospital is built it will bring together into one entity 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. Many of the current facilities in the existing children’s hospitals are old and make it difficult to support the delivery of modern healthcare. The new hospital will provide the infrastructure to support better clinical outcomes for children and young people.
It will be tri-located on one campus with St James’s Hospital and there will be two satellite urgent care centres – one based at Tallaght Hospital and the other at Connolly Hospital site in Blanchardstown.
By merging three children’s hospitals into one, all the paediatric specialists will be working under one roof. This means that children who are very sick, in particular, those who have complicated health issues, can be treated without having to go to different hospitals. An urgent care centre will provide an important service to the patients of the wider catchment area of Tallaght for less serious health problems and injuries.
However, between now and when the new children’s hospital is built, hundreds of thousands of children will pass through our doors and the hospital must continue to provide superior healthcare during this time.
We will continue to support the hospital by providing the necessary equipment and facilities needed to care for patients and their families. The equipment that is still up-to-date and functional when it’s time to move will be taken to the new site which means the support you give today will still be helping Ireland’s sick children for many years to come.