First phase opening of €284m new Mater adult hospital announced
HEALTH Minister, Dr James Reilly today announced the first phase opening of the new €284 million Mater Campus Hospital Development.
The landmark new public hospital will contain state-of-the art facilities including 12 new operating theatres, 120 one-bed en suite rooms, new emergency and out patients departments and a 444-space underground car park. It will be the greenest and most technologically driven hospital in Ireland upon its completion.
Currently the Mater hospital admits approximately 16,500 patients each year. In addition it treats in the region of 40,000 day patients, 47,500 Emergency Department cases and in excess of 220,000 outpatients annually.
Phase One of the hospital, providing for the new outpatients department, catering and technical services, will be fully open in June. The new emergency department, car park, operating theatres, ICU, radiology and single en suite rooms will roll out in Phase Two between July and December 2012. Completion of final works will be in May of 2013.
Speaking at a special preview of the new hospital today, Chairman of Mater Campus Hospital Development, Sr Helena O’Donoghue, said: “I am delighted to see the results of a wonderful, up-to-date, state-of-the-art, hospital building that will provide healthcare for the country with its national and tertiary services as well as serving Dublin's north inner city, which is the oldest and poorest catchment area in the country.”
Mater Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brian Conlan, said: “This is a great day for all our patients and staff. We now have state-of-the-art, eco-friendly accommodation and facilities, creating a perfect environment for delivery of top class care to our patients provided by the best professionals in the business.”
He added: “For the 50,000 patients that attend our Emergency Department, or the 220,000 outpatient attendees each year, the new Emergency and Outpatient Departments are now appropriately sized providing privacy, dignity and comfort with sufficient capacity to meet demand."
Clinical Director, Professor Conor O’Keane, said: “The Mater hospital has a tradition of excellence in patient care for over 150 years. This new facility will allow the Mater to continue to enhance its national reputation for high quality care.
“This new build will also allow us to break free of the shackles of limited space as we will now have appropriately sized departments and waiting areas. This landmark building provides patients and staff with an environment reflective of the quality of care patients get at the Mater into the 21st century and beyond.”