The National Children’s Hospital Dolphin Report

Dolphin-dublin_mapAnalysis below taken from the Dr. Dolphin Report comparing the Governments’ suggested St. James Hospital Site to the Connolly Hospital Site (owned by the HSE) in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15



Traffic Problem warning-ico Excellent good-ico
Costs per Car to buildSurface
Multi floor
Problem warning-ico
Excellent good-ico
Local Road Network
(1000 = 10,00 car trips per day)
Very poor attention-ico Excellent good-ico
Minimal Access
(Delay for patients)
Problem warning-ico Very Good good-ico
Helipad Restricted attention-ico Open good-ico
Pleasant Outlook Inner City attention-ico Sylvan good-ico
Attractive Landscaped Setting No attention-ico good-icoLake, Trees, Acres of Grass
Parkland Setting No attention-ico Yes good-ico
Expansion over 40 years Very Restricted attention-ico Unlimited good-ico
Site clearance Significant warning-ico Nil good-ico
Design Team Procurement (EU) 3 Months good-ico 3 Months good-ico
Planning Process 6 Months good-ico 6 Months good-ico
Demolition Costs Significant warning-ico Nil good-ico
Construction City Centre attention-ico good-icoGreenfield (Quicker start and phased openings)
Minimum Area Required 5/6 Hectares
 Children’s Hospital 2.4 Hectares warning-ico 16 Hectares good-ico
 Maternity Hospital 1.26 Hectares warning-ico 5 Hectares good-ico
Build Time attention-ico3 Years & Constant difficult access for Construction Vehicles 2.6 years good-ico
Co Location to Adult Hospital Yes good-ico attention-icoYes but needs time and investment to bring Connolly up to International Standard
Public Transport Excellent good-ico attention-icoNo Luas, need to boost bus service


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