Wednesday 19 December 2018

Tallaght bids to be site of national children's hospital

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

TALLAGHT Hospital in Dublin has teamed up with a local authority in a fresh bid to become the site of the new national children's hospital.

The hospital revealed yesterday that it had made a new submission, along with South Dublin County Council, to be considered as the preferred location.

Its proposal involves the creation of a "medical quarter" based on lands in public ownership that are immediately adjacent to the adult hospital.

This site, it said, would be big enough to offer the possibility of not just accommodating the children's hospital, but also a maternity hospital.

The sites comprise around 6.5 hectares, with what the hospital described as "excellent access and strong public transport options".

Mater

The plan poses new competition to the bid by the Mater Hospital on Dublin's northside to be the preferred site.

The Tallaght proposal would be able to offer the prospect of co-location with an adult hospital, something which is favoured by health officials. The hospital's submission said the sites were subject to a local area plan.

South Dublin County Council has said it will make available a multi-disciplinary technical team of senior officials to work with the design team for the national children's hospital.

The submission has been made to the government-appointed review team, which will report back to the Minister for Health, James Reilly, at the end of next month.

It has the offer of at least 16 possible sites to examine, along with the Mater site, which remains the favourite to win.

Irish Independent

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