Sunday 22 April 2018

Children's Hospital Group say they need to 'debunk the myths' about St James's

Dr Eilish Hardiman CEO of Children’s Hospital Group
Dr Eilish Hardiman CEO of Children’s Hospital Group

The CEO of Children's Hospital Group, Eilish Hardiman, has admitted that they have their work cut out to persuade the public the St James's site is the correct choice.

It came after a new poll published by Red C found that 73pc of those surveyed felt the St James's site was the wrong choice for the new National Children's Hospital.

It showed that 37pc believe that Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown would have been a better option.

Ms Hardiman said: "The poll has told me we need to get out and educate people and debunk some of the myths."

Meanwhile, a presentation was made yesterday at a construction summit in Dublin by Phelim Devine, Design Director of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB).

Mr Devine outlined the proposed development and vowed to make the new hospital "the most outstanding children's hospital in the world".

The new site will be Ireland's first digital hospital, with patient records accessible online, which will also improve monitoring procedures for doctors.

But Dr Roisin Healy of Kids for Connolly said that serious questions needed to be answered before work can start on the St James's site.

Irish Independent

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