Clinical Vision

Bringing Our Best Together Under One Roof

Children’s Health Ireland was established on 1 January 2019. This saw Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and paediatric services at Tallaght University Hospitals come together and integrate into one organisation to deliver healthcare to Ireland’s children, in preparation for the opening of the new children’s hospital. It is also the client for the new children’s hospital project, including its two new paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres. As an academic healthcare organisation, CHI is leading on the clinical and operational transformation of acute paediatric healthcare through our triple mission of integrated services, education and research and innovation.

Design Vision

Designing, building and Equipping a world class facility

The new children’s hospital (NCH) project, comprising the main hospital on the shared campus at St James’s and two paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres CHI at Connolly, Blanchardstown, and CHI at Tallaght.The NCH Project will have a significant impact on 25% of the population and is a Government priority, it is the most significant capital investment project in the healthcare system undertaken in Ireland. It will bring together the services currently provided at three children’s hospitals into a modern, custom-designed, digital, hospital at St James’s campus, to deliver the best care and treatments for Ireland’s sickest children and young people. As well as playing a central role in the provision of acute paediatric healthcare services, the
new children’s hospital will be the primary centre for paediatric education, training, and research in Ireland. It will be a child-centred, world-class facility that will support innovation and excellence in paediatric healthcare, and create an environment that is supportive of children, young people, their families, and the hospital’s staff.

Construction Progress

The new children’s hospital is taking shape, the concrete frame has now reached its highest level - the seventh storey - view the Drone Footage May 2021

To reach this point, 150,000 m3 of concrete has been poured over the last 3 years. The stone and glazed façade to the south fingers, south elevation, and part of the east elevation is well advanced, with the first finger block at the Rialto bridge completed. Approximately 1,500 Tonnes of steel structure was fabricated and erected, over 600 windows and more than 86,000 m2 of partitions have been installed. The main mechanical and electrical plant at basement level is nearing completion.
The fit out of the south fingers comprising Outpatients, Cardiology Wards and Therapies is progressing well and the fit out of the Emergency Department, Critical Care and Theatres has commenced.
The Outpatient and Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital – CHI at Connolly successfully opened in July 2019. Progress on the Outpatient and Urgent Care Centre at Tallaght is continuing and is due to be handed over to Children’s Health Ireland for commissioning at the end of 2021.

Community Benefit

The new children’s hospital project has one of the most pioneering community benefit programmes in the country.

The Programme was established in 2015 with the purpose of ensuring that the benefits of having a world-class hospital are fully realised in the communities neighbouring the hospital. Led by a full-time Community Benefit Programme Manager, the Programme is overseen by a Group comprising representatives from the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, Children’s Health Ireland, Educational Training Board, Tusla, HSE, Inner City Community Co-operative and Dublin South City Partnership. Local community organisations are also key members and are represented by Fatima United Groups, Kilmainham Inchicore Network, Inchicore Regeneration Consultative Forum, St Theresa’s Gardens and Dolphin House Regeneration Boards and CORN representing the Liberties area