On Friday last, Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, visited the site of the new outpatient and ambulatory services for the Rotunda Hospital, which will be situated in the Earl Building, part of the newly revamped Clery’s Quarter.
Once commissioned, the new site will be the primary location for clinics that provide a range of outpatient services for over 100,000 patients. Services included are Maternity Outpatients, Paediatric Outpatients, Colposcopy procedures, Perinatal Mental Health, Social Work and Dietetics.
The Rotunda Hospital is the oldest, continuously operating maternity hospital in the world, founded in 1745 and has been operating out of its current buildings at Parnell Square since 1757. Approximately one in six of all babies born in Ireland are born at the Rotunda. Due to the increasing pressures and age of the facilities at the Parnell Square site, the Rotunda sought to move certain services off the main campus and as such, the HSE identified the Earl Building, part of the new Clery’s Quarter development, as a solution.
This relocation will allow for the delivery of these outpatient services in a spacious modern environment. In parallel, it will enable the Rotunda to free up space on its Parnell Square campus to progress the development of a new critical care wing. The Rotunda and the Health Service Executive (HSE) are developing proposals for this new wing which would provide a new and expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a special baby care unit, expanded delivery suite and theatre capacity, and other clinical supports.
Minister Donnelly said: “I welcome the HSE’s purchase of the new Earl Building to support the delivery of outpatient services for the Rotunda. Promoting Women’s Health is a priority within the Programme for Government and a top priority for me as Minister. The quality of care delivered at the Rotunda is of the highest standard and this new building, once commissioned in 2024, will enable that care to continue to be delivered in facilities more befitting of a 21st century health system.
“The Rotunda is the oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the world and is also one of the busiest in Europe. By relocating appropriate services away from the Parnell Square campus, we are freeing up space for further investments on that site to support the delivery of world-class care.”
Work on the new Earl Building site is well advanced, with fit-out and handover expected before the end of 2024.
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