Enhancing quality care for Ireland's children and young people is the primary driver for developing the new Children's Hospital of Ireland. It is universally accepted within the paediatric healthcare community that the sickest children, requiring access to highly specialist professionals, equipment and facilities, need to be accommodated in one children's hospital and there is unanimous agreement that there is an urgent need for capital investment in children's healthcare infrastructure in Dublin.
The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) was established by the Minister for Health and Children under Statutory Instrument SI 246 of 2007 on May 23, 2007.
The NPHDB is charged with planning, designing, building, equipping and furnishing a new national children’s hospital in accordance with the high-level framework brief (RKW) which was commissioned by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The brief includes advice on the preferred model of care, on the core services to be delivered at the new hospital, and on the additional range of services to be provided outside of the main hospital. This includes an assessment of the range of services to be provided through the urgent and ambulatory care services, and the preferred location(s) for these services, taking account of international best practice in the planning of children’s hospital services.
Following endorsement of the report of the Independent Review team by the Minister for Health the Development Board made an application for planning. A decision was made on Tuesday, 6th November 2012 to locate the new Children’s Hospital at St. James’s Hospital in south Dublin.
15 May 2013
Announcement by Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD on planning permission
01 February 2013
Dr. Jim Browne has been appointed as Chair of the new Children’s Hospital Group.
31 January 2013
Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD has appointed six senior officials from the Department of Health and the HSE as interim directors to ensure that work continues on the project during the transition to the St James site.