Clinical Vision

Bringing Our Best Together Under One Roof

Children’s Health Ireland was established on 1 January 2019. This saw Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and paediatric services at Tallaght University Hospitals come together and integrate into one organisation to deliver healthcare to Ireland’s children, in preparation for the opening of the new children’s hospital. It is also the client for the new children’s hospital project, including its two new paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres. As an academic healthcare organisation, CHI is leading on the clinical and operational transformation of acute paediatric healthcare through our triple mission of integrated services, education and research and innovation.

Design Vision

Designing, building and Equipping a world class facility

The new children’s hospital (NCH) project, comprising the main hospital on the shared campus at St James’s and two paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres CHI at Connolly, Blanchardstown, and CHI at Tallaght.The NCH Project will have a significant impact on 25% of the population and is a Government priority, it is the most significant capital investment project in the healthcare system undertaken in Ireland. It will bring together the services currently provided at three children’s hospitals into a modern, custom-designed, digital, hospital at St James’s campus, to deliver the best care and treatments for Ireland’s sickest children and young people. As well as playing a central role in the provision of acute paediatric healthcare services, the
new children’s hospital will be the primary centre for paediatric education, training, and research in Ireland. It will be a child-centred, world-class facility that will support innovation and excellence in paediatric healthcare, and create an environment that is supportive of children, young people, their families, and the hospital’s staff.

Construction Progress

The new children’s hospital - Progress to date

The external scaffolding surrounding the new children’s hospital has been
removed and the external façade including glazing is complete.
• The most advanced areas in the building have finished floors, walls,
ceilings, doors, nurses’ stations and built-in medical equipment installed.
The school area of the new children’s hospital for pre/post primary and
secondary education is also taking shape and now has floors and ceilings,
and joinery has commenced.
• The third level education centre that comprises lecture theatres, seminar
rooms, collaboration spaces and a library for up 2,500 students is also well
• The glass biome which encapsulates the lifts and stairs that provide access
to all areas is almost complete.
• The 380 individual inpatient rooms are taking shape with fit out of fixtures,
ensuites, sliding doors, joinery and medical equipment progressing.


Community Benefit

The new children’s hospital project has one of the most pioneering community benefit programmes in the country.

The Programme was established in 2015 with the purpose of ensuring that the benefits of having a world-class hospital are fully realised in the communities neighbouring the hospital. Led by a full-time Community Benefit Programme Manager, the Programme is overseen by a Group comprising representatives from the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, Children’s Health Ireland, Educational Training Board, Tusla, HSE, Inner City Community Co-operative and Dublin South City Partnership. Local community organisations are also key members and are represented by Fatima United Groups, Kilmainham Inchicore Network, Inchicore Regeneration Consultative Forum, St Theresa’s Gardens and Dolphin House Regeneration Boards and CORN representing the Liberties area