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Cabinet approves for new National Maternity Hospital project to go to tender

By Reporter - 11th Jul 2023

maternity and infant care

Cabinet approval has been granted to go to tender for the construction of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) at Elm Park.

The Cabinet approved the business cases for the relocation of the NMH which enables the HSE to tender for a bidder to construct the new 244-bed maternity hospital.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said:

“I welcome the approval of Cabinet today for this important milestone towards the delivery of the new National Maternity Hospital.

“The new National Maternity Hospital will be the biggest and most important investment in women’s healthcare in Ireland in decades. The quality of care delivered at the existing NMH at Holles Street is of the highest standard but is currently limited by infrastructural constraints. The new NMH is designed to be aligned with leading international standards which will result in improved patient and family experiences. Co-location of the NMH with St Vincent’s at Elm Park will enable greater and more direct access to a wide range of critical care and specialist medical services, reducing risk for both the mother and the newborn baby.”

The HSE is ready to go to tender on this project in the coming weeks. Once a successful bidder has been identified the Minister for Health will return to Cabinet to seek approval for the signing of contracts and to enable the project to proceed to the main construction phase.

Minister Donnelly also noted:

“This will not just be a replacement of the existing National Maternity Hospital but will offer almost 50 per cent more inpatient and day-case beds and provide additional capacity to manage national unmet need for women’s health services. The contemporary design of the new NMH provides flexibility to allow for the delivery of clinical services and to adapt to both expected and unforeseen change into the future.”

The procurement process will run in parallel to further enabling works on the SVUH campus. The enabling works will clear the site by decanting existing SVUH buildings to further de-risk the main works.

The procurement process is expected to last 18- 21 months.

The proposed new NMH building will be located at the eastern side of the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus at Elm Park. It will comprise a seven-storey building with a gross internal floor area of up to approximately 54,000m2.

It will include 244 beds, an increase of 80 inpatient and day-case beds from the existing number at Holles Street, five theatres, 24 birthing rooms, early pregnancy foetal assessment and ultrasound facilities, and spaces to aid in near-patient education and professional development for healthcare professionals.

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