Minister opens new £2.7million units in Children´s Hospital
Mr Micheál Martin TD, Minster for Health and Children today (17 July 2001) officially opened a new day ward and Casualty Department at the Children´s Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin. The development of the two units has been approved and funded at a cost of £2.7million and will require revenue funding of £500,000 per annum to meet running costs.
“The provision of a new casualty department and the extension of the day service will allow for the provision of valuable additional services to the hospital´s paediatric catchment population,” said the Minister at the official opening.
The new Day Ward has 18 beds plus a minor procedures room. The hospital is anticipating a further increase in admissions with improved facilities and a stronger emphasis on medical day care. The new Accident and Emergency Department includes a three bay resuscitation room, a seven-bed observation ward and a five bay treatment room, a minor procedures room, suturing room and parents room.
The Children´s Hospital has been to the fore in providing quality care for children from all over the country for over 100 years. The Minister commended the work of the Congregations of the Sisters of Charity, and more recently, the Sisters of Mercy, together with the dedicated and skilled staff at the hospital for their contribution to the provision of health services to children.
Plans are in train to relocate the hospital to the Mater Hospital Campus and a number of steering groups are in place to plan for the development of facilities on the new site. The new hospital will be the largest in the State and will be in a position to deliver quality care in a modern infrastructure to the catchment area of north Dublin and the wider community.
In the interim, the Department, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the hospital are committed to ensuring that the demands of an ever increasing paediatric population are met at Temple Street. In this regard various projects are in train including:
- Refurbishment of the Casualty Lane
- Extending the Laboratory
- Extending the Outpatient Department
- Extending St. Francis Clinic
- Upgrading Central Sterile Supply Department and Formula Room
- Refurbishment of Canteen and Dining Area
- Upgrading the Laundry
“The opening of these two units reflects the commitment of the Hospital, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and my Department to improving standards of care and facilities available for all children who attend the hospital,” said the Minister.
Minister´s Speech at the official opening of the New Day Ward and Casualty Department, The Children´s Hospital, Temple Street