Plans for a €50 million hospital in Swords providing up to 500 jobs are due to be lodged with Fingal County Council next week.

A proposal from Vanguard Health Services International for a site in Airside includes an urgent care centre to cater for both private and public patients.

The firm wants to construct an eight-storey building with eight operating theatres, 40 day-care beds, a primary care centre, an urgent care centre and diagnostics services.

If it gets the go ahead, it will seek HSE contracts to carry out hip replacements, hernia operations and cataract surgery – all of which have long public waiting lists.

Senator James Reilly (FG), who has long been a vocal campaigner for a day hospital in Fingal, welcomed the news.

He told Dublin Gazette: “This will be a game changer … diverting patients from Beaumont emergency department and enabling procedures to be performed locally.”

The former health minister added: “I have been campaigning and working on this project for over two years, and I am happy to see it take a real step forward.

“The new hospital, planned to be constructed and finished in October 2020, will be a huge benefit for the almost 150,000 people across Fingal and North County Dublin.

“Crucially, it will also help reduce waiting lists in Beaumont and the Mater Hospital.”

The site close to Tesco and Ryanair at Airside is easily accessible with 202 planned parking spaces and the hospital will provide endoscopy, x-ray and laboratory facilities.

Strategy

Vanguard chief executive Audrey McDonnell, a former NHS manager, said the company’s strategy was aligned with Slaintecare and, if successful, the aim was to open more facilities like it.

She added that the urgent care clinic would help take pressure off emergency departments in surrounding public hospitals.

Fingal County Council recently adopted a master plan for Fosterstown which includes a bank of zoned land at Airside ripe for investment which could generate thousands of jobs.

Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) told Dublin Gazette: “This is a great facility for Fingal. It will also help attract other foreign direct investment into the area.”