Blackrock Clinic builds major €100m Expansion
5th Oct 2010
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.
The new multi-storey car park which became operational in February 2008 provided an additional 293 car park spaces, bringing the total car park spaces at the hospital to 700. Speaking at the launch Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health said: “I am pleased to be here today to open this impressive new expansion of the facilities in Blackrock Clinic. This hospital has played a most important role in providing quality health care in Ireland and it is most gratifying to see the range of new services that will be provided with this latest expansion at the hospital.” Bryan Harty, Chief Executive of the hospital said that 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 a 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” he said.