About Us

The Current National Children's Hospital

Plans for the children's hospital in Tallaght began in the 1980's.  The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating The National Children's Hospital opened on the 21st June 1998. The National Children's Hospital to-day comprises of a children's emergency department, children's x-ray, children's outpatient's department, children's operating theatre and the following ward areas:

Beech Ward: a 16 bedded surgical ward for children aged over one year of age requiring management of conditions such as Ear Nose & Throat (ENT), Orthopaedic and General Surgery.

Beech Day Ward: a 10-bedded / cot unit, where children requiring surgery and medical investigations/treatment are managed during the day time. Children and young people attending the Day Ward generally go-home on the same day following their surgery or investigations or treatment. Should the need arise they are admitted to the inpatient wards.

Maple Ward: has 21 cubicles, including five parent and child rooms. Children aged 0-1 year requiring management of medical and surgical conditions are generally admitted to Maple Ward. However, children or young people older than one year may also be admitted to Maple Ward if their condition requires him/her to be nursed in a single room.

Oak Ward: consists of 21 beds/cots and three High Dependency Unit (HDU) beds/cots. Oak ward is the children's medical/surgical ward for children older than 12 months of age admitted for management of an acute medical and surgical condition. Children of all ages needing close observation are nursed in the HDU.

Philosophy of Care

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History of the National Children's Hospital

CHI at TallaghtOn 1st January 2019 the three children’s hospitals in Dublin joined together and are now known as Children’s Health Ireland (CHI). 

Prior to this legal change The National Children's Hospital was the oldest of the three children's hospitals in Dublin. It has been located in Tallaght since 1998 but was founded in 1821, almost 200 years ago. It was first known as the "Pitt Street Institution" and it was the first hospital in Ireland and Britain established specifically for the care and treatment of children. Dr. Charles West, who worked in the hospital, went on to found Great Ormond Street Hospital 1852. 

In 1875 the National Orthopaedic and Children's Hospital was established which was formally joined with the Pitt Street Institution in 1884. In 1887 they both moved to Harcourt Street. The stated objective of the hospital at that time was, "to educate mothers and nurses regarding the proper management of children in both health and disease". The paediatric hospital in Harcourt Street remained until 1998 when the move to Tallaght took place.

Our site is now known as CHI at Tallaght. CHI at Tallaght has three paediatric wards and a high dependency unit together with dedicated specialised Paediatric Radiology, Out Patient, Operating Emergency Departments and Theatre. We are a busy hospital with our Emergency Department seeing an average 34,000 patients a year and 33,500 children attending our Outpatient departments.

The Hospital provides a secondary general paediatric service to south-west, west and central Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow and in addition provides a national tertiary service for respiratory medicine, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, developmental medicine, paediatric dentistry and neuro-disability. In 2016 CHI at Tallaght opened the first Paediatric dedicated Short Stay Observation unit in the country.

Together with the other CHI sites we are planning changes that will improve children’s health care for the future. The next development for us in CHI at Tallaght is the new Paediatric OPD and Urgent Care Centre which will give a home to paediatric services in the Tallaght area for generations to come. The centre is scheduled to open before the end of 2020.

The New Children's Hospital

Plans are well underway for the development of a new children’s hospital for Ireland in Dublin 8.  

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The new children’s hospital will see the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght University Hospital, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin come together under one roof in an exemplary facility on a campus shared with St. James’s Hospital and a new maternity hospital. 

The tri-location of the hospitals on the same campus will facilitate the transition of medical care at all stages of life, offering the best possible care for infants, mothers, children and young adults.

David Slevin, CEO, Tallaght University Hospital: “The completion of the new children’s hospital will enhance how acute children’s health services are delivered resulting in improved survival rates for the sickest children and young people. For the first time in Ireland all paediatric specialities will be ‘under one roof’. The development of the satellite centres at Tallaght and Connolly Hospital will also enable the delivery of general paediatrics and urgent care in the location that is closest to the child’s home. This is recognised as the optimal model of care for children.”

Eilísh Hardiman, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group, said: “The new children’s hospital is the largest and most significant capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland.  It is appropriate that this significant investment is being made in children and young adults as they are our most vulnerable citizens and deserve - and are entitled to - the best possible care at all times but specifically when they are critically ill. We are getting closer to delivering to them the hospital that they deserve.”

In addition to the regular drop-in and information sessions, CONNECT is newsletter developed by the Project Team as a way of sharing information. It updates readers on key developments, provide project news and answer additional queries that we receive.

June 2017

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