Minister for Health formally opens new facilities
12th Oct 2010
We were delighted to welcome Minister for Health, Mary Harney TD to the hospital recently to formally open our major €100m expansion programme which is expected to create 125 new jobs over the next five years. The new expansion comprises 3 new floors to the existing hospital facility and a multi story car park at the rear of the campus. The expansion has generated a 42% increase in beds at the hospital, bringing the total to 170. When the refurbishment of the existing bedrooms is completed Blackrock Clinic will be the first major acute hospital in Ireland to accommodate all inpatients in single rooms, providing improved comfort and privacy as well as reducing the chance of infection.
A key element of the expansion programme includes a new Emergency Department where patients are seen by an Emergency Medicine Consultant and if admission is required, immediately offered a bed under the care of the hospital’s range of leading Consultants. The expansion programme has also made space available for a new state-of-the art Day Surgery Unit increasing the hospital’s day care capacity by 200%. The new Unit houses two full operating theatres, two endoscopy suites, two minor procedure rooms, and over 30 bed spaces making it one of the largest day care providers in the country.
The Unit can facilitate the delivery of treatments for up to 100 patients a day. I think it is fair to say that the founders of Blackrock Clinic showed great foresight when the original hospital was constructed by ensuring that appropriate foundations were laid down at the time to enable construction of additional floors on top of the hospital at a future date. Blackrock Clinic was founded in 1983 during a recession and despite the current bleak economic environment, the hospital is once again forging ahead with this major capital investment programme. Over the period 2000-2014, in excess of €180m will have been invested in infrastructure, new facilities and cutting edge technology underlining the shareholders’ commitment to ensuring the hospital continues to lead the way in private healthcare in Ireland.