Friday 24 November 2017

Figures behind new children's hospital

The new National Children's Hospital is expected to admit its first young patient by 2015.

Here are the figures behind the controversial Eccles Street site, which will merge three children's hospitals across the capital - Temple Street, Crumlin and Tallaght.

- The facility will have 445 beds over 16 storeys, including 53 day care beds and 392 single room en-suite in-patient beds, with 62 for critical care;

- 13 operating theatres;

- Overnight in-room beds for parents, family accommodation nearby and a family resource centre;

- Play areas, external gardens, courtyards and a therapy pool with a hydro-pool and gym;

- A 1,000-space multi-storey car park, with free parking for families of critically ill children or those in long-term care;

- The project is estimated to cost €650 - €100m less than expected. Some €400m will be allocated by the Exchequer, €50m by the HSE, €90m from car parking, retail units and private clinics. The remaining €110m will be met from fundraising;

- Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2014, with Dublin's sickest children being treated there within months.

Press Association

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