New private hospital for women and children aims at 2010 start
A new €160m Women's, Children's and Maternity hospital is to be built by the Beacon Medical Group (BMG) beside its existing hospital in Sandyford, Co Dublin.
The hospital will have capacity for 3,000 births a year with 160 private beds. It will have full paediatric services, 44 in-patient beds, intensive care, operating theatres and will employ 450 staff.
It will be the first of its kind in Europe and will be built in two years once planning permission is secured.
By contrast the new children's hospital planned for the Mater site in central Dublin could take eight years to become fully operational.
"We are not here to compete with the new children's hospital," said Professor Mark Redmond, medical director of the Beacon Medical Group.
He said yesterday that the group hoped to negotiate a "service agreement" with the HSE to treat all patients, private and public, at Sandyford.
"I have no interest in patients just because they have private health insurance, I would prefer to be dealing with the Government and the HSE to treat all patients."
He added that with its experience in building the existing facility, BMG was confident it could build the hospital in 24 to 30 months.
"It will be the first women's and children's hospital in Europe," said Professor Redmond. There will be a women's health service and a full range of children's hospital services.
The hospital would take the strain off Dublin's maternity services which are now struggling under one of the highest birth rates in Europe.