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Tallaght Hospital plans to lodge planning application for ICU expansion

The ICU expansion “is dependent on HSE funding to proceed” a hospital spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).

This and other capital projects were discussed at the June meeting of the Tallaght Hospital board, minutes of which have been seen by this newspaper.

“Expansion of our ICU capacity is vital to address current constraints that result in the most critically-ill patients waiting too long to access intensive care services,” said a hospital spokesperson.

“The dramatically ageing demographic and increasing medical acuity of patients means that the hospital must be prepared for more acute presentations and admissions.

“So it is planned that the hospital will lodge a planning application for an ICU extension to be built adjacent to the existing ICU on the second floor of the hospital before Christmas.”

It was noted in the board minutes that the expansion may be a six-bed ICU unit.

Separately, the spokesperson said that given the hospital’s ongoing capacity challenge, space is being cleared on the hospital campus “to explore new opportunities to develop capacity to improve access for patients”.

“It is still early days, the hospital is currently drawing up plans for a new six-storey building that will include 72 new single rooms, expanded endoscopy service and an enhanced oncology day service combined with a new pharmacy aseptic unit.

“Securing the funding and necessary permissions to proceed with a development such as this will put the hospital in a better position to increase bed capacity for patients as they present with increasingly complex healthcare needs.”

Work has also begun on the new National Children’s Hospital satellite unit at Tallaght.

“Preparatory building site work has begun on a €22 million project to develop a paediatric outpatient department and an urgent care satellite…,” said the spokesperson.  

“The first phase of this building work will be the completion of the new crèche and corporate services building.

“It is anticipated the new crèche will be operational by this time next year. This work is expected to be completed within the next year.”

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