Ireland is one step closer to having a new world class children’s hospital – An Bord Pleanála oral hearings commence
The planning application for the new children’s hospital was submitted to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) on 10th August 2015 and the plans submitted included those for the new children’s hospital as well as for the two Paediatric OPD and Urgent Care Centres planned at Tallaght Hospital and Connolly Hospital. Last week. Following on from this ABP held a preliminary meeting on the new children’s hospital today. The purpose of the meeting was to set the agenda for the substantive oral hearing which will commence on 30th November and run for approximately three weeks.
The new children’s hospital on a campus shared with St James’s Hospital is the most significant capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland. Its completion will result in better clinical outcomes, improved survival rates for the sickest children and young people and will significantly enhance the experience of service for children, young people and their families. There were over 1,000 hours of engagement and consultation with staff from the existing three children’s hospitals, the Clinical Leads in Paediatric Specialities, with families, young people and children who are former or current users of the service, as well as with residents from the local Dublin 8 area. This extensive consultation process has led to the development of a world-class building which has been designed to enable staff to deliver the best possible clinical care for children and young people, while also seeking to provide a pleasant environment for staff and families.
ABP have indicated that a decision on planning will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. For further information on news regarding developments in the new hospital please check out http://www.newchildrenshospital.ie/