World-class healthcare – the children of Ireland deserve no less

Dear editor,
As clinicians responsible for delivering secondary and tertiary paediatric and neonatal healthcare, our number one priority is providing the best possible care to our patients. We fully support the new children’s hospital on a campus shared with St James’s Hospital and we are working towards the delivery of healthcare services on this single academic medical campus which will provide paediatric, adult and maternity services. The delivery of these services side by side, on a research-intensive campus, will benefit all of our patients, but in particular will drive improved clinical outcomes for the sickest children, adolescents, new-borns and high risk mothers. This ’tri-location’ model of healthcare delivery is recognised as best practice internationally and, as clinicians, we are greatly excited about the bringing together of our services on one campus.

The decision to locate the new children’s hospital on a campus shared with St James’s Hospital, Ireland’s leading tertiary adult research intensive hospital, was made in 2012 and the hospital will be completed in 2021. It was also confirmed in the National Maternity Strategy published last year that the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital will relocate to the same campus. 

Working side by side, we are establishing a campus of healthcare excellence that will be amongst the best in the world. Our sickest children, adolescents, neonates and mothers deserve no less.

Yours sincerely
1,2 P Greally, 3S Walsh, 4 C Martin, 5,6 A Foran, 7,8O Smith, 9S Sheehan, 10,11E Curtis, 12A Nicholson,

1 National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital
2 Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin;
3 Emergency Medicine,Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin;
4 Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The National Children’s Hospital Tallaght;
5 Rotunda Hospital
6 Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
7 University College Dublin;
8 Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
9 Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital;
10 National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght;
11 National Paediatric Hospital Development Board;
12 Temple Street Children’s University Hospital;
Correspondence
Dr Peter Greally, National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Email: peter.greally@nchg.ie
          Peter.Greally@amnch.ie

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