Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Department of Health
National Children's Hospital
278. To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that the location of the new National Children's Hospital and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital will occur simultaneously; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4818/17]
As announced in June 2015, the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital will relocate in time to the St James's campus, achieving tri-location of adult, paediatric and maternity services. The National Maternity Strategy, published in January 2016, reaffirms the delivery of tri-located maternity services on the campus with the new children's hospital and St James's Hospital. A site for the proposed maternity hospital is identified in the Site Master Plan for the St James's campus, and the new children's hospital design has incorporated the required operational links with both maternity and adult hospitals.
While the construction of the new maternity hospital on the campus will not commence until the new children's hospital is completed, consideration will be given to the work required to progress the new maternity hospital design, which must be done before a planning application is prepared.