Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Department of Health
Hospitals Capital Programme
96. To ask the Minister for Health the planned future uses of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; and if the sale to Dublin City Council for housing and a local library has been considered. [5311/19]
As of 1 January 2019, Children's Health Ireland (CHI) governs the provision of paediatric services in Dublin at the Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght sites and will open services at the OPD Urgent Care Centre on the Connolly hospital campus in Mid 2019. Under the legislation establishing CHI, the boards of Crumlin and Temple Street hospitals voluntarily transferred their assets and liabilities to the new entity. As such, the Crumlin hospital campus has transferred to Children's Health Ireland. On completion of the new children's hospital on the campus of St James's and the two paediatric outpatient urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals, paediatric services will no longer be provided at the Children’s and Temple Street sites.
The HSE entered into Memoranda of Understanding with Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital to ensure that the State’s investment to date in the hospitals is protected when the paediatric services are transferred to the new children’s hospital. Future uses for the Crumlin site have not yet been determined.
The new children's hospital on the campus shared with St James's Hospital, is scheduled to become operational in 2022. Until such time as all inpatient services transfer to the new hospital, they will continue to be provided in the facilities on the site of Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin.
The potential future uses to which the Crumlin land and buildings, or the proceeds of same, can be put for the benefit of children’s services is under consideration. No decision has been taken on this as yet.