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Emergency theatre for new mums at Coombe

A NEW €2.5m emergency theatre is to be built at the Coombe maternity hospital.

The theatre is part of a four- storey extension to the Dublin maternity hospital which will be attached to the existing labour ward.

The Coombe hospital, which is almost 200 years old, is one of the largest maternity hospitals in the country -- more than 9,000 mothers give birth there each year.

More than 1,000 infants are admitted to the paediatric unit and over 8,000 surgical operations are performed there each year.

The project will require the demolition of an existing restaurant extension. The restaurant will then be rebuilt on the ground floor.


The plan is also to refurbish and reconfigure part of the existing labour delivery rooms as phase two of the new contract.

Among the services offered at the Coombe are highly specialised care for high-risk mother and unborn baby medicine, provided by a staff of more than 700.

Earlier this year the upgrade and expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Baby Unit was completed. A state-of-the-art colposcopy unit was also opened at the hospital.

The latest project has just been put out to tender, with a deadline of July 29 for initial applications.

Ireland's birth rate has been rising steadily over the past decade, with a 30pc increase in the national birth rate during that time.

All three Dublin maternity hospitals are reaching new records at the baby boom continues, increasing by an average of 1,000 births a year.