The new children’s hospital will merge three existing children’s hospitals into one body called the Children’s Hospital Group and plans to locate adjacent to St. James’s (adult) Hospital.
The new children’s hospital will accommodate the highest number of specialties available on one campus by bring together the expertise of the three children’s hospitals into one national tertiary hospital, meaning that the sickest children will have access to the specialised skills of professionals working in paediatric care. For instance a child requiring both neurosurgery and cardiac surgery will, for the first time in Ireland, be able to access those services on one site- instead of having to attend two separate children’s hospitals.
As part of the new model of care for paediatric services, the new hospital is also being created in conjunction with two satellites centres at Tallaght Hospital and Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown to provide local paediatric care.
The Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) is one of seven hospital groups established as part of the acute health sector reform programme. Led by Group CEO, Eilish Hardiman, the CHG will oversee the integration of the three children’s hospitals in advance of the move to the new children’s hospital based on St. James’s Hospital Campus.