New National Maternity Hospital

A planning application for the new National Maternity Hospital on the campus of St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala.

This follows the recent determination by An Bord Pleanála that the proposed development of the new hospital on the St Vincent’s campus constitutes a Strategic Infrastructure Development.

The project constitutes the largest single investment ever to be made in maternity services in Ireland.  The new development will cater for up to 10,000 births per annum and will include state of the art obstetrics and gynaecology care facilities.  It will provide five operating theatres, 50 neonatal intensive care and special care single cot rooms, 24 delivery rooms, Emergency and Out-patient Departments, ultrasound facilities; and single in-patient rooms throughout.

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The development will also include the provision of enhanced facilities for shared services for the overall campus including catering/canteen facilities, purchasing/stores and waste management facilities.

Additionally, a number of displaced St. Vincent’s University Hospital facilities will be re-provided as part of the project.

Speaking following a visit to the site at St. Vincent’s with Dr. Rhona Mahony and Mr. James Menton, Chairman of St. Vincent’s University Hospital, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris said: “The lodgement of the planning application is a milestone in the development of the future infrastructure we want for our maternity services.  The National Maternity Strategy is titled Creating a Better Future Together and that is exactly what we are doing through this project.  We are going to provide women with an appropriate environment where they can deliver their babies in safety, in comfort, and with their privacy respected.

“In welcoming the progression of the project to planning stage, I have to commend both the NMH and St. Vincent’s University Hospital for their commitment to the project and their tireless efforts to finalise the planning application following the successful conclusion of mediation talks late last year.”