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Car park funding tender for new children’s hospital drafted

“It is envisioned that an expression of interest will be distributed to commercial car-parking operators early in 2018,” a Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) Board spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).

The spokesperson said that it is expected that there will be 1,000 car-parking spaces at the NCH, with 675 dedicated for use by patients’ families.

“This is three times the parking spaces which are currently available at the three Dublin children’s hospitals combined. There will be a car-parking system which will allow families to reserve spaces ahead of arriving to the hospital for planned visits. There will also be 23 emergency car-parking spaces outside the emergency department,” added the spokesperson.

Separately, the spokesperson added that the ICT plan for the new hospital is currently “aligned with the hospital build time lines”.

“The Children’s Hospital Group ICT funding to deliver a digital hospital was approved as part of the overall Government approval for the construction investment for the building of the new children’s hospital and the two paediatric outpatients and urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals in April this year,” said the spokesperson.

“This was specifically identified as €88.3 million within the overall funding. Design of these elements continues in line with the time lines for the paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres.”

Last month, Minister for Health Simon Harris announced the publication of the General Scheme of the Children’s Health Bill 2017, which will create a single statutory entity to run the NCH.

“This is a very important step on the road towards the new children’s hospital and follows the Government decision in April to approve the construction investment for the hospital and associated outpatient and urgent care centres,” said Minister Harris.

“This new hospital is an extraordinary opportunity to transform paediatric services for children in Ireland by bringing together patients and staff from across the three existing children’s hospitals into a single organisation, which will improve the experience and outcomes for children and their families.”

A new name has also been chosen for the NCH, it was confirmed last week.

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