Local TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar visited Connolly Hospital today to view a 3D model of the planned Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centre which is scheduled to open on the grounds of Connolly Hospital in 2018.
Minister Varadkar said: “This fantastic Children’s Unit will provide general paediatrics and urgent care. Local children and young people from North Dublin, North Kildare and Meath will have access to consultant-led rapid access outpatient clinics and multi-disciplinary therapies and services close to their homes.
“The three storey unit will include a walk-in Children’s Emergency Department, paediatric out-patient department and children’s dentistry. The Rotunda Maternity Hospital is also due to move to Blanchardstown in the next decade. I believe there is enormous potential for the RCSI Group to exploit Connolly’s land bank and location to develop a major healthcare campus combining medical and academic facilities with industry, research and life sciences.”
As part of the new children’s hospital project, planning permission was also granted in April 2016 for two new Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres in Dublin – one at Connolly Hospital on the North side of Dublin and one at Tallaght Hospital on the South side of Dublin. While the new children’s hospital on a shared campus with St James’s Hospital will open in 2021, the Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals will open on a phased basis from 2018.
The Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres will provide urgent care paediatric services, including short stay observation beds, and outpatients clinics such as general paediatrics and orthopaedics for fracture clinics – all supported by therapies, phlebotomy, general X Ray and Ultrasound services – child sexual abuse counselling services and, at the Connolly centre, primary care dental services. Typically, the centres will care for children and young people who have a common, minor illness or injury which cannot be managed by a GP (primary care) but does not require the acute services of an Emergency Department. In advance of the centres opening, there will be a full information and awareness programme to ensure that families, the public and GPs understand the services that will be available and to encourage families to avail of services in close proximity to their homes.
Meanwhile, the new children’s hospital on a campus shared with St James’s Hospital will provide specialist (tertiary) level care to children from all over Ireland, and also secondary healthcare services for children who live within the M50 and in the Greater Dublin Area.