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In May, the Medical Independent (MI) reported staff at the three children’s hospitals and the wider paediatric network would get to name the new hospital.
A spokesperson for the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) told MI that the naming process is “ongoing”.
“Upon conclusion, a shortlist will be refined and a name selected. We aim to have our new name in the autumn.”
The spokesperson added that initially, it is planned that the new name will apply to the new legal entity of the CHG and the planned new hospital and satellite centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals in Dublin.
“It will be introduced in a phased manner into the existing services when legally incorporated,” said the spokesperson.
“The CHG requires a name for the new children’s hospital, its satellite centres and the proposed clinical network of paediatric services in Ireland. Staff in the three Dublin-based children’s hospitals: Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and The National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital, the paediatric units in the regional hospitals at Galway, Limerick and Cork and CHG project staff have all been invited to suggest names.
“Through a creative process involving focus groups made up of staff and parent representatives and from engagement with the members of the public, service users and the youth advisory council, the suggested names will be considered and distilled to reflect the values of the new organisation to generate a recommended name.
“This process is facilitated by a professional company with the appropriate experience to get the best results from this process. “
Meanwhile, the CHG says there are no immediate implications for “services or on our plans” because of the recent ‘Brexit’ vote in the UK.
“We will continue to review and monitor the situation”, a CHG spokesperson said, adding that the implications for the longer term “are not yet clear”.
“For now, there are no implications on services or on our plans.”