New Children’s Hospital
The New Children’s Hospital Project was initiated in 2008 and contained a significant strategic focus with the merger of the three existing children’s hospitals in Dublin into one national tertiary level hospital. The New Children’s Hospital was to operate in a hub and spoke model, with satellite centres to support the main centre. The satellite centres would deliver urgent care and rapid access general paediatric clinics and support the principle of the delivery of appropriate care, when appropriate, close to the child’s home.
The Health Partnership’s contribution
In order to determine the strategic location for the centres, The Health Partnership conducted a detailed analysis of all available paediatric demographic data to determine the population of greatest need. This analysis included determining areas of high population, levels of social deprivation and an analysis of patient flow. The two hospital campuses identified as the optimal locations for the satellite centres were the Connolly Hospital at Blanchardstown and Tallaght Hospital.
The findings of the study were presented to the Health Service Executive who endorsed the recommended locations. An application for planning permission was lodged for the two sites as part of the New Children’s Hospital under the Strategic Infrastructure Act and was granted in April 2016.