Frank Taylor wrote: It's meant to be located next to a major adult teaching hospital. Temple Street hospital (for anyone who hasn't witnessed it) is a ramshackle Dickensian nightmare. A collection of decaying, half-built structures tied together with twine. It makes Holles Street look like the Starship Enterprise and it's been that way for decades.
Frank Taylor wrote:The major consideration in reorganising hospital facilities ought to be whether the patients will have better survival rates as a result. What we usually hear about is the inconvenience to the hospital staff who will have a longer commute or will lose a free parking space. The location is not inaccessible to cars being sited on the junction of the NCR and Dorset Street. Taxis and Ambulances will have no problem reaching it.
Frank Taylor wrote:Obesity and long term public health are improved by locating major public facilities in places accessible to the best public transport. The Metro North Mater station is to be built at this site by direct public contract rather than as part of the PPP. New A&E outpatient facilities for children at other locations are to be designated as part of the plan, so not every sick kid will be sent to the Mater for triage.
Frank Taylor wrote:As regards the design, I like the attempt to balance the existing terrace on the North side of Eccles Street with a matching terrace to fill the gap up to the private hospital. I see no reason the roof gardens can't be built and would be of obvious benefit to the patients. The shoe shaped building on top is sufficiently set back to avoid any major looming over the neighbouring streets.
goneill wrote:I didn't think the tabs would just disappear completely. Here another go.
Louglinstown: Mater18.9 km 28 min Crumlin 24.8km 17min
Tallaght: Mater 10.6 18 Crumlin 8.9 9
Newlands Cross: Mater 10.2 18 Crumlin 4.6 6
Liffey Valley: Mater 10.6 14 Crumlin 8.9 10
Blanchardstown: Mater 7.0 11 Crumlin 12.5 12
Finglas: Mater 6.6 9 Crumlin 10.7 18
Santry:Mater 6.6 9 Crumlin 12.3 22
(Northern Cross): Mater 9.6 16 Crumlin 15.0 29
corkblow-in wrote: â€“ this is not a Dublin childrens hospital, but a national one â€“ 50% of those using it will not be from the GDA.
corkblow-in wrote:However surely a greenfield site is the obvious solution â€“ somewhere like Newlands cross . . . .
corkblow-in wrote:However surely a greenfield site is the obvious solution – somewhere like Newlands cross which has luas (potential of more efficient commuting pattern with staff etc from the city), a proposed metro west (PVC has a coronary!) which links to the Kildare and Navan rail lines (without a tunnel), and is pretty much the centre of the national motorway network. Do the Newlands Cross flyover at the same time and a lot of the Red Cow freeflow problems disappear.
archipig wrote:Er, have they considered how they are going to get a patient on a stretcher from the helipad into the actual building?
gunter wrote:This is the - ''I believe in urbanism, but . . .'' - argument.
Green fields are for sheep and football, hospitals belong in cities.
adrian5987 wrote: all the calls for the docks seem to forget the port tunnell toll or actually getting to the docks lets face it, anything inside the north circular in the most congested part of the city and after 200+km thats all you need.
GTSC wrote:To be honest, I don't see the point in shutting down 3 hospitals for one. Expand Temple Street and that will be that.
Children's Hospital will 'proceed as planned'
Updated: 15:54, Saturday, 16 October 2010
Both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health have said that the new National Childrens' Hospital in Dublin will proceed as planned.
National Children's Hospital - Chairman of development board resigned
Brian Cowen - Project is not in doubt Both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health have said that the new National Childrens' Hospital in Dublin will proceed as planned.
Their comments come in the wake of the resignation of the chairman of the hospital's development board last week.
Philip Lynch cited differences with Health Minister Harney on what he called a number of significant and fundamental issues.
Speaking on RTÃ‰ Radio, Ms Harney said that it is 'a major priority' of hers to build the National Children's Hospital, and that she is passionately committed to it.
The Minister told Marian Finuance that she lost confidence in Mr Lynch's capacity to chair the hospital's development board.
Ms Harney said it was not in the remit of the former chairman to revisit the Government's decision on the location.
She said that the mandate of the development board was 'to build a hospital at that site (at the Mater).'
Ms Harney paid tribute to the fantastic work Mr Lynch did, but she insisted that he had gone outside his mandate by 'going out reviewing green field sites' which 'clearly wasn't appropriate,' she said, 'because the decision was made four years ago.'
She said that there was 'a lot of innuendo about how the site was chosen,' and that 'there was never going to be unanimity about the site.'
Taoiseach Brian Cowen today echoed Ms Harney's assertion that the project is not in doubt, and will proceed as planned.
It is to be developed on a site adjacent to the Mater Hospital in Dublin at an expected cost of €650m. Mr Lynch has expressed concerns over a funding gap, what he termed the absence of governance proposals, and challenges for the Mater site.
There have been varying reactions from lobby groups to his departure.
The New Children's Hospital Alliance wants the project to be put on hold immediately, while the New Crumlin Hospital Group warned against delays amid the current controversy.
The Tallaght Hospital Action Group has said it is glad that levels of services for children to be located at the Urgent and Ambulatory Care Centres at Tallaght Hospital is now being raised.
adrian5987 wrote:that it is for kids and should they really be listening to the constant sirens
adrian5987 wrote:it is for kids and should they really be listening to the constant sirens