Children deserve new hospital, planning hearing is told
Parents of sick children would have pull-out beds, bathrooms, a lounge and a gym, if plans for the new National Children's Hospital go ahead.
Dr Emma Curtis, medical director of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, told a Bord Pleanala hearing the children of Ireland "deserve" the new hospital.
The hearing is examining the plan for the €650m development, which includes a new hospital and two satellite clinics, one in Tallaght and one in Blanchardstown.
The new hospital on the campus of St James's Hospital in Dublin would replace the three existing children's hospitals at Temple Street, Crumlin and Tallaght.
Dr Curtis said uniting the three hospitals on a single campus provided "real opportunity to improve clinical outcomes" and ensure the patient and family experience was better.
A separate parent accommodation unit beside the hospital would cater for parents and siblings of children from outside Dublin.
Care at the satellite centres would be delivered by consultants and Dr Curtis estimated that over 26,000 children would attend these clinics each year.
The architect in charge of the project, Clare White, said it was a "daunting task". She explained that the new hospital would include facilities like a floating garden. It would have 18 operating theatres, 60 intensive care beds and 360 in-patient beds.
An Bord Pleanala expects the hearing to take at least three weeks and a decision is due by February 15, 2016.