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‘Risk mitigation measures’ recommended for Tallaght Hospital’s ICT server room

The measures require the support of the HSE/National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB), according to minutes of a meeting of Tallaght Hospital’s board in September.

A spokesperson for Tallaght Hospital told the Medical Independent (MI) that relocation of the ICT server room will “address the risks associated with the construction works and the server room”.

“The hospital is engaged with the HSE regarding the technical issues and the NPHDB regarding the associated costs, which are in the process of being identified,” added the spokesperson.

Tallaght Hospital would not disclose the cost of the risk assessment as this was “commercially sensitive information”. The risk assessment was carried out by Board Risks Performance.

The hospital anticipates that construction of the satellite centre will commence in quarter three, 2017.

Last April, planning permission was granted for the new National Children’s Hospital at the site of St James’s Hospital, Dublin, as well as for two paediatric OPD and urgent care satellite centres at Tallaght and Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown.

In late November, Minister for Health Simon Harris said it was expected that the satellite centres at Connolly and Tallaght will open in 2018.

The NPHDB is reviewing tenders received at the end of October for the main and specialist contractors for the hospital on the campus of St James’s and the two satellite centres.

An NPHDB spokesperson told MI: “It is anticipated that evaluations will be completed before the end of the year.

“The NPHDB will make recommendations on the contractors to be appointed and, subject to Government approval, contracts will be awarded early in the New Year.”

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