Children's hospital design gets Cabinet nod
THE scale of the new national children's hospital including 384 in-patient beds, 62 critical care beds and single en-suite rooms has been given the go ahead by the Cabinet.
The hospital, which will be built on the campus of St James's Hospital in Dublin, will also have 85 daycare beds, 14 theatres in total, 111 outpatient and consulting examination, an emergency department and two satellite centres.
Health Ministers James Reilly, inset, said approval for the project brief was an important milestone.
"It means we can now proceed to the next stage of the project – the appointment of the design team and securing planning permission," he said.
"The project brief is the blueprint for the new children's hospital. A single tertiary hospital, supported by two satellite centres in Tallaght and Connolly hospitals, means that highly specialised care and treatment for children can be centralised appropriately, for best outcomes.
"At the same time, the new hospital will allow children to receive care closer to home where possible through local access to urgent and outpatient care at the satellite centres, and through outreach to paediatric units around the country."
The hospital's development board is expected to notify the preferred design team within the coming days.
The aim is still to have the transfer of facilities from the three existing children's hospitals to the new building by the end of 2018.