- 160,000 m2 of existing hospital buildings are integrated
Unfortunately I must put on record my dismay at your endorsement [26th April 2017]of the National Children’s Hospital at the St James campus.
While it is true that no site is perfect – some are more perfect than others. You chose to ignore the valid concerns of healthcare professionals, parents and medical experts and did not adequately examine the myriad advantages that the Connolly site boasts.
The selection of this inner city campus will do a grave disservice to the present adult patients that use this hospital and future paediatric patients. The dream of squeezing in a full Maternity Hospital is but a dream as there simply is not enough room for this.
Both you and James Reilly have sealed your place in history for making one of the stupidest decisions for the children of this State over the next 100 years.
The enormity of this judgement error will become apparent over the next number of years and it sickens me to the stomach.
From -a mother who lost a child .
Connolly for Kids Hospital(C4KH) sent the following to the Joint Oireachtas Health committee in Sept 2016 – but were ignored . It was the C4KH who requested and gained the meeting of Oct 27th. Billy Kelleher and his colleagues on the Health committee should have believed C4KH, not the biased NPHBD/CHGB at that meeting.
Excerpt from C4KH Submission,to Heath Committee
“Value for money
Both the NPH Independent Review’s Financial Analysis(2011) and the Dolphin Report (2012) state that a greenfield site would be 25% cheaper to build on than an inner city site. The further demolition and rebuild of the adult St. James’s to facilitate an on-site Maternity hospital suggests a profligate attitude towards resource allocation. Any future expansion on this tight urban space would also generate extra construction cost. Building the NPH at Connolly Hospital would not only recoup the sunk costs of the Mater and James’s sites but money saved could be put towards the co-build of the new Rotunda Maternity Hospital, corridor-linked to the ICU of the NPH. This would be putting children first.
Faster, more cost-effective at Connolly
Departments currently at St. James’s requiring demolition / relocation to accommodate a relocatedMaternity Hospital .If the Maternity Hospital is added to the site, 1.26 hectares will be made available, requiring demolition/relocation of:
- Adult Outpatients Department
- Current ICU Department
- Adult A/E Department.
(Note that the existing Coombe site stands on 3 Hectares)
ESTIMATE OF COST (2016) of the NPH if built at Connolly
Construction cost = €400M
Hospital 118,000 metres square @ €3000 per metre = €354M
Family accommodation 4,000 metres square @ €2,000 per metre = €8M
Research Department 3,000 metres @ €2,500 per metre= €7.5M
Two satellite units – 10,000 square metres @ €3,000 per metre = €30M
ADD Vat, Fees, fit-out and equipment @ app. 50% of construction Cost = €200M
TOTAL = €600 M
(Information Technology costs alone are estimated at app. €70M. Thus this figure is very conservative)
Estimate of Extra Cost if NPH is built at St. James’s in Dublin City Centre
- Decanting and replacement of 21 departments, approx .=€100M
- Sewer Diversion = €18M
- Premium for Inner city construction 10% of construction cost =€40M
- Underground car parking. Three levels .= €30M
- Roof helipad fire proofing €2M
- Dust protection, inflation, interest, contingency etc.?? Cost
TOTAL EXTRAS= € 190M ++
Thus total projected cost (€600m+ €190M) for St. James’s site at current prices (2016) = €790M
NPH at Connolly Hospital
Utilising the work already achieved with departmental
proximities, areas required etc. a further period of 6 months is required.
- Planning application to ABP
Three months if unopposed. Six months assuming objections.
Fast track Programme – 24 months
Total Time from the “Proceed” date to Opening = 3 years.
DoHNational Paediatric Hospital Independent Review’s Financial Analysis available at http://health.gov.ie/blog/publications/national-paediatric-hospital-independent-review/
Appendix 4 “ Greenfield and urban sites: background note on the cost issues” available at http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Dolphin_Full-Appendices-1-5.pdf
Data received from Mr James Sheehan, Member of Connolly for Kids Hospital
Group, Founder, Blackrock Clinic, Hermitage and Galway Clinics. For further details see http://connollyforkidshospital.com/why-connolly/cheaper-faster/”
NCHA readers will be interested in this advertisement by the umbrella group Connolly for Kids Hospital (C4KH) in today’s Sunday Independent. NCHA is a founding, and active, member of C4KH .
LET’S BYPASS THE GATEKEEPERS -the NATIONAL PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD and the CHILDREN’SHOSPITAL GROUP BOARD and get to the DECISION-MAKERS -THE TAOISEACH AND THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH They it is who are to be held responsible for the choice of location of the Children’s hospital.
Read why the National Children’s Hospital must be built, not at St. James’s , but in Blanchardstown , on the campus of the Connolly, and re-located Rotunda Maternity hospitals.
The Submission from Connolly for Kids Hospital to The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health on September 5th ,2016 is now available here.
The following was received by NCHA under Freedom of Information .
We repeat -NCHA noted the decision of An Bord Pleanála on 28th April 2016 to grant planning permission for the development of the NPH at the site at St. James’s hospital in Dublin’s city centre.
We repeat – choosing between sites is not the function of ABP. We believe the government was wrong to have presented the St. James’s site for consideration by ABP. The Cabinet made the wrong decision in November 2012 and that it is the responsibility of the current government to the children of Ireland of this and future generations to change the site.
We repeat ‘Flip the sites’. Put the satellite at St James and the main hospital at Connolly.
Quicker, Cheaper, Safer at CONNOLLY.