Press Release

Major Redevelopment Planned For Our Lady´s Hospital For Sick Children, Crumlin

Mr Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children, recently met the New Crumlin Hospital Group, which is composed of parents of children who regularly attend Crumlin Hospital for treatment. The Minister had a very constructive meeting with the Group, at which they presented him with a report they commissioned on the existing facilities at Crumlin.

The Minister indicated that the infrastructure was not acceptable, which is why, in July 2002 he established a project team to oversee the future development of the hospital. The project team includes representatives from the Hospital, the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) and the Department of Health and Children.

The work of the Project Team will set the context for future capital developments on the Crumlin site. Work on the preparation of a development brief has commenced, and it is expected that this will be completed by the end of 2003. At that stage a design team will be appointed.

A number of additional major capital developments, funded by the Exchequer, are currently being put in place at the hospital. These include a €30m investment in a new Operating Department and Sterile Services Department. In addition, the Minister was pleased to approve the provision of a MRI facility which will significantly enhance the level of diagnostic services provided for children.

Minister Martin and the New Crumlin Hospital Group will be meeting regularly to discuss the progress of the Project Team.