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€1.1m mortuary goes ahead despite Rotunda relocation

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar recently announced that the Rotunda is to be relocated to the site of Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, though no set date or funding have yet been allocated for the move.

The mortuary redevelopment cost is being split between the Rotunda and the HSE.

According to the minutes of the February meeting of the Rotunda Hospital Board, the mortuary is due to be ready later this year. The minutes were seen by MI following a Freedom of Information request.

“In 2013, a business case was developed to support the development of a regional perinatal pathology service with a primary objective of the planned service to investigate foetal, perinatal and early neonatal deaths, predominantly by post-mortem examination,” a hospital spokesperson told MI. “This is an essential component in clinical governance of foetal medicine, women’s health, neonatology and in genetic diagnosis and counselling. Best practice requires any specialist service to have sufficient throughput to ensure best practice is maintained.

“There was an agreement between the three maternity sites in the region (Cavan, Drogheda and Rotunda) to centralise the service at the Rotunda, where expertise had been developed over the years.

“This requires an expansion of the Rotunda’s mortuary pathology to accommodate the additional workload. The total projected cost of the development is € 1.1 million, which is being split between the Rotunda and the HSE.”

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