Originally Posted by one foot in the grave
That would not deliver the best level of care if it is not co-located with large teaching hospital. Only three hospitals in the country would be suitable, Mater- James - Beaumont.
Eh, actually on that basis you would be better off locating it next to CUH in Cork. It's the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and the only one with everything on a single campus. It has over 40 different medical and surgical specialities and close to 1000 beds and a huge, brand new, state of the art (albeit understaffed) maternity facility co-located with it.
Other than Belfast City Hospital, it's the only level 1 trauma centre (capable of handling anything on a single site) on the island of Ireland.
The downside being that it's inaccessible to 50% of the country.
The Dublin hospitals, for historical reasons, (rival orders of nuns mostly), have their services split and duplicated across several sites. None of them have the full gambit of services and specialties. For many services, patients will always end up being driven around the city anyway. E.g. if you're in the Mater for cancer treatment, it's common that you'll be ferried out to St. Lukes for radiotherapy and specialist scanning. If you've a major neurological issue or need neurotology, you'll be ferried to Beaumont etc etc
I don't really understand why it would be located at the Mater though. The site is way too small and struggling to cope with its current load of adult patients.
I've two elderly relatives undergoing cancer treatment there and, quite honestly, it's absolute chaos. The whole place is quite rundown and the site is already overpacked.
St James's site is completely jam-packed too, although it's by far the most accessible hospital in the entire country, given its proximity to both Heuston station and Connolly via Luas and the motorway network isn't too far away either.
Perhaps it could be squeezed in some how!
Beaumont has ideal space for such a hospital and I really don't think it's THAT inaccessible. It's not far from the M1 and it has excellent bus routes and they could be enhanced even further.
The other option which I think could be considered is St Vincents, but I would suggest that the Government looks at perhaps.
We should be looking at what land NAMA owns near these hospitals to see if something could be done!