Minister for Health announces phased opening of new Mater adult hospital
New hospital to radically improve quality of care for patients
Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly T.D, today (Friday April 27th) announced the first phase opening of the new €284 million Mater Campus Hospital Development which will radically improve the quality of service and care for patients of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (the Mater Hospital).
The landmark new public hospital will contain state-of-the art facilities including 12 new operating theatres, 120 one-bed en suite rooms, new emergency and out patients departments and a 444-space underground car park. It will be the greenest and most technologically driven hospital in Ireland upon its completion.
Currently the Mater hospital admits approximately 16,500 patients each year. In addition it treats in the region of 40,000 day patients, 47,500 Emergency Department cases and in excess of 220,000 outpatients annually.
The development, in conjunction with the National Clinical Programmes, will result in reduced waiting times for theatre, outpatient and accident and emergency services and will provide increased privacy, dignity and comfort for patients.
The Mater Campus Hospital Development started in 2000 and involves the rebuilding of parts of Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, which celebrated its 150th birthday last year. While it provides for modern buildings and equipment for existing services, it also has significant additional capacity to cater for growing patient needs.
Phase One of the hospital, providing for the new outpatients department, catering and technical services, will be fully open in June. The new emergency department, car park, operating theatres, ICU, radiology and single en suite rooms will roll out in Phase Two between July and December 2012. Completion of final works will be in May of 2013.
The addition of 100% single rooms will be of particular benefit to cardiothoracic, orthopaedic-spinal and oncology patients and will play a significant role in fighting the spread of infection. By the end of the year the hospital will have Irelands first out patients “self-registration” check-in service.
Speaking at a special preview of the new hospital today, attended by the Minister for Health, Chairman of Mater Campus Hospital Development, Sr Helena O’Donoghue, said: “I am delighted to see the results of a wonderful, up-to-date, state-of-the-art, hospital building that will provide healthcare for the country with its national and tertiary services as well as serving Dublin’s north inner city, which is the oldest and poorest catchment area in the country.”
Mater Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brian Conlan, said: “This is a great day for all our patients and staff. We now have state-of-the-art, eco-friendly accommodation and facilities, creating a perfect environment for delivery of top class care to our patients provided by the best professionals in the business.”
He added: “For the 50,000 patients that attend our Emergency Department, or the 220,000 outpatient attendees each year, the new Emergency and Outpatient Departments are now appropriately sized providing privacy, dignity and comfort with sufficient capacity to meet demand.”
Clinical Director, Professor Conor O’Keane, said: “The Mater hospital has a tradition of excellence in patient care for over 150 years. This new facility will allow the Mater to continue to enhance its national reputation for high quality care.
“This new build will also allow us to break free of the shackles of limited space as we will now have appropriately sized departments and waiting areas. This landmark building provides patients and staff with an environment reflective of the quality of care patients get at the Mater into the 21st century and beyond.”
The new hospital is contributing significantly to the urban renewal of the north inner city and consolidates it as a major hospital district.
Special attention has been paid to the quality of the physical environment for patients, staff and visitors, and it reflects best practice in contemporary architecture and design.
The hospital will benefit from the State’s Percent for Art Scheme whereby 1% of the cost of any publicly funded capital, infrastructural and building development is ring-fenced for the commissioning of works of art. Two stunning tapestries by internationally renowned Irish artist, Patrick Scott, will be in the new Outpatients Department. Further artworks are being commissioned through the building.
Further enhancing the hospital environment is a spacious, rooftop, decked garden – a precious space for the use of patients, staff and visitors alike.
Laura Magahy, Project Director for the MCO Projects / Jacobs Engineering Team said ‘this is one of the greenest, leanest and most technology enabled hospital in the country – the result of collaborating with all the project stakeholders to integrate patient-centred design and cost-effective business planning in healthcare’
The MCHD total cost of the Development Project 1999 to completion in 2013 will be €284
million (plus VAT).