Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (420)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

420. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if the urgent care centre at Tallaght Hospital will be opened on time as planned (details supplied). [53051/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The new children’s hospital project is a landmark project for Ireland and is a priority capital project for the Government and the Department of Health.  Construction work on the Tallaght Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centre started in April 2019 and it is anticipated that it will open in 2020.

In relation to the Outpatient Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, CHI has acknowledged that there are recruitment challenges nationally and internationally in certain specialities, specifically in relation to Paediatric Radiology and Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Recruitment is currently ongoing to expand the Consultant workforce in Radiology and Emergency Medicine, and CHI continues to actively work with relevant staff groups on potential solutions to support extending the opening hours at the Urgent Care Centre.