Press Release

Minister Martin gives go-ahead for a major capital re-development at St. Vincent´s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin

Mr Micheál Martin, T.D., Minister for Health and Children, today (Thursday, 7th June 2001) announced his approval to the appointment of contractors for a major re-development of St. Vincent´s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin.

The project will involve the re-development of the following Departments:

  • Accident and Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Ambulatory Day Care
  • Radiology and nuclear medicine
  • Pathology
  • Administration and concourse
  • Operating Department

In addition, it will include the development of a new 54-bed psychiatric unit which will replace existing facilities at St. Vincent´s and at Vergemount, Clonskeagh.

Construction work is expected to commence shortly. The total cost to the Exchequer, including equipment and fees, is estimated at approximately £160m.

“This is by far the single biggest investment in the hospital since it opened. The project involves a major new development and some refurbishment of the existing hospital” said the Minister. “It is hugely significant for patients, who will now benefit from a wider range of hospital services, delivered from a modern, high-quality facility designed for the needs of the new millennium.”

The project represents a major Government investment in public hospital infrastructure and will herald a new era for St. Vincent´s and for the delivery of acute hospital services in South East Dublin and East Wicklow.

“This project, when completed and fully commissioned, will result in a vast improvement in facilities and will provide a greatly enhanced environment and service for patients, staff and visitors” said the Minister. “This project will be funded principally by the National Development Plan and demonstrates this Government´s commitment to the enhancement of our acute hospital services.”