Faculty of Paediatrics welcomes decision on National Paediatric Hospital

The Faculty of Paediatrics has welcomed the announcement today (6/11/2012) about the location of Ireland’s National Paediatric Hospital.

The Faculty Board said, “We unanimously support the announcement made today by Minister Reilly on the location of our National Paediatric Hospital. A modern, national hospital for the children of Ireland is urgently required and long overdue. Now that a final decision on its location has been made, there will be exciting opportunities for all those involved in child healthcare in Ireland, and we hope to see a spirit of collaboration guide and inform the next steps of this process.

We look forward to seeing the construction of a world-class facility, which as stated in our submission to the Dolphin Review Group, meets the following criteria:

  1. Is of an appropriate physical size for the delivery of excellent specialised tertiary child healthcare for the entire country and secondary care for the greater Dublin area;
  2. Has superior paediatric education, training and research facilities integrated within the hospital to ensure that our National Paediatric Hospital is respected nationally and internationally;
  3. Is easily accessible, with good road and public transport connections and car parks – This is essential for emergencies and for families with children who have chronic disorders requiring ongoing care;
  4. Is tri-located both with maternity services and with adult services.”

The Faculty Board said, “We represent all Paediatricians in Ireland and we cannot stress enough how badly needed this hospital is. The way we deliver specialised child healthcare over three separate hospitals in Dublin is unacceptably fragmented and the physical surroundings where we treat patients are grossly inadequate.

We note with great concern that the National Paediatric Hospital may not be ready for use until 2018. We strongly urge an earlier completion date and we expect resources to be made available in the intervening years to protect existing services and infrastructures for children in Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple Street.”

The Faculty Board added, “We acknowledge the unique challenges facing the board of this new hospital in light of the previous controversy surrounding its location; however their focus should remain on the quality of child healthcare across Ireland, with particular attention given to developing a national model of care with links to both adult and maternity services. We would be delighted to offer our expertise and support.”

For further information please contact

Aoife Ní Mhaitiú, Communications Executive
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Phone 01 8639 770, 085 850 0080