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Friday 23 March 2018

Bord Pleanála raise traffic management difficulties in plan for new children's clinic

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Clodagh Sheehy

The difficulties of traffic management for the new Satellite Children’s Clinic at site of Tallaght Hospital were raised today by An Bord Pleanala.

Inspector Tom Rabbitte questioned how the design team would cope with traffic for the new clinic while the current Children’s Hospital at Tallaght remained open on the same site.

The Satellite Unit is one of two planned to feed into the new National Children’s Hospital on the campus of St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

Mr Rabbitte pointed out that while Tallaght Clinic would ultimately displace the Tallaght Children’s Hospital there would be a “twilight zone” where both would be open at the same time with resultant traffic.

He raised the issue at the second day of an Oral Hearing into the building of a new single Children’s Hospital at St James’s to replace the existing children’s hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght.

Neil Orpwood of HLM and Coady Architects, designers of the two Satellite Units told the hearing “a transition plan is being worked on”.

The Satellite Units at Tallaght and Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown are expected to open in 2017 - at least three years before the completion of the hospital on the St James’s campus.

Mr Orpwood was outlining plans for the units to the hearing.

He said they would both be two storeys high and positioned close to the existing entrance of the Tallaght and Connolly hospitals.

The ground floor of each unit would house urgent care, physiotherapy and imaging with out-patients and staff facilities on the first floor and a child sexual assault unit on the top floor.

The clinics will have a separate entrances from the main hospitals with their own drop off and ambulance bays.

In relation to increased traffic at the Tallaght site, Mr Orpwood said the new Tallaght unit would result in a reduction in traffic when the existing Children’s hospital moved to St James’s.

At Connolly hospital there would be an additional 34 car park spaces for patients and 46 new staff car parking spaces.

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