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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mega-hospital plans unveiled

LISSENHALL SITE PROPOSED

JOHN MANNING

PLANS for a mega-hospital complex in Swords with a price tag of hundreds of millions of euro have been set in train by an local company which wants to bring the National Children's Hospital to the county capital.

But the ambitions of Broadmeadow Healthcare, which has developed a detailed proposal and design for the project, pictured below, do not stop at just a children's hospital. The company wants to develop a tri-located complex with a children's hospital, maternity hospital and adult hospital and other state-of-the-art facilities on a 50 acre site at Lissenhall it part owns, the Fingal Independent reveals this week. A SWORDS-BASED healthcare group has submitted an ambitious proposal to bring the planned new National Children's Hospital to the county capital on a tri-located site in Lissenhall along with an adult and maternity hospital. Broadmeadow Healthcare Group wants to bring the project to a 50acre site at Lissenhall in Swords close to the Emmaus retreat centre and has said that they can deliver the children's hospital at a much lower cost than the €650 million pricetag attached to the preferred Mater site development. Francis Whelan CEO of Broadmeadow Healthcare told the Fingal Independent: 'As a greenfield site, it affords the opportunity to avoid high-rise development and to provide all the necessary facilities for the National Paediatric Hospital in a more cost effective building of not more than five to seven storeys high.' He added: 'Over the past few weeks the nation has questioned why it is necessary to attach this new paediatric hospital to older hospitals with limited access and infrastructure. 'Lissenhall will permit, due to it's available land a phased build up to tri-located facility in the true sense of the word, of a National Paediatric Hospital, maternity and adult hospital, newly constructed and designed to the highest clinical standards.' On the advantages of the Swords site, Mr. Whelan said: ' The site is strategically located with direct access to the M1 at Junction 4 and with a major upgrade of the M1 currently ongoing, increasing the motorway to three lanes in both directions, this site links to our National Motorway network, thereby affording easy access from all parts of Ireland, North and South. ' The proposed National Paediatric Hospital is also well served and accessible to the public transport system with over ten bus services available and the site adjoins the planned Metro North, creating excellent links to Dublin Airport and City.' Of vital importance to this proposed development at Lissenhall, according to the group, is the potential to absorb future expansion and service needs with little or no disruption to existing services. The group CEO said: 'It is submitted the cost of a facility in this green field site would be significantly less than the €650 million pricetag attached to associated with the Eccles Street site and thus release funds for other healthcare projects. 'Broadmeadow Healthcare Group submit that this site is not just suitable for the National Paediatric Hospital but affords a most exciting and unique opportunity to develop a world-class healthcare oasis that will meet the needs of our children and the families for the foreseeable future.'

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