New children's clinic planned for Lucan site
PARENTS have been given a welcome boost with news that a much-needed paediatric clinic is being planned.
The owners of the Hermitage Clinic in Lucan, west Dublin, plan to build the children's facility on the grounds of the existing €125m hospital.
The proposal comes at a time when paediatric services are under unprecedented pressure and the long-awaited New National Children's Hospital project is stalled.
Planning permission is being sought for a 1,100 square metre clinic with 18 consulting suites and accommodation.
The single-storey clinic would have a pedestrian link to the main Hermitage hospital, which has 126 beds.
As part of the development, the owners also want to reorganise the existing car park and add 50 new parking spaces, bringing the total to 106.
If it gets the go-ahead, it will provide another option for parents to access top-level care.
Problems in Temple Street and Crumlin children's hospitals have been highlighted recently, with overworked staff said to be barely able to cope.
Labour councillor Emer Costello told the Herald there are frequent complaints about the conditions children have to endure in Temple Street.
"I believe the situation is not much better in Crumlin. Something needs to be done to provide the care that the children of the city and country deserve," said Ms Costello, who is on the board of governors at the Rotunda Maternity Hospital.
She said it was "so unfortunate" that the National Children's Hospital planned for the Mater site in the north inner city has gone "back to the drawing board".
Cllr Costello said parents are "consistently full of praise for the nursing and medical staff" at Temple Street, but there was no doubt the site was "under huge pressure".
The planning application at the Hermitage was lodged by a firm called Torcross, which owns the land that the main hospital is built on.
The latest accounts for Torcross show it had an interest free long-term loan of €19m from Hermitage Medical Developments, the company that built the clinic.