CHI at Tallaght is one of two Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres which are part of the new children’s hospital project.

 

Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Tallaght University Hospital is a key component of the expansive new children’s hospital project in Dublin. As one of two Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres, it plays a crucial role in extending healthcare services from the main new children’s hospital located at St James’s Hospital campus. HLM Architects led the design of this facility, transforming it into a modern and comprehensive satellite health centre aimed at providing accessible, child-friendly healthcare.

We were lead designers for the development of the Tallaght satellite community health centres to provide outreach facilities for the main new children’s hospital at St James’s hospital campus in central Dublin. The Tallaght centre expanded and improved the existing outpatient department, as well as providing additional services of: Child Sexual Assault Unit (CSAU), Urgent Care, Fracture Clinic, Physiotherapy and Diagnostics. By integrating these multiple services into one comprehensive facility, the Children’s Hospital Satellite Unit at Tallaght provides a child-friendly healing environment in one place which will reduce pressure on central A&E services.

Design and Integration

Our design philosophy centered on creating a healing environment that is both functional and welcoming. By integrating multiple services under one roof, the facility ensures that young patients receive holistic care in one place which will reduce pressure on central A&E services. This integration is pivotal in creating a seamless and efficient healthcare experience for children and their families. CHI at Tallaght University Hospital has expanded and improved the existing Outpatient Department.

Impact on Healthcare Services

The establishment of the CHI at Tallaght has significantly eased the pressure on the central Accident & Emergency (A&E) departments at the main St James’s Hospital campus. By offering urgent care and specialized outpatient services locally, it ensures that children receive timely and appropriate medical attention closer to their homes. This decentralization not only improves patient flow but also enhances the overall efficiency of healthcare delivery in the region.

Children’s Health Ireland: a child-friendly healing environment

A key aspect of the project was the creation of a child-friendly healing environment. The design incorporates elements that cater specifically to the needs and comfort of children, including vibrant and engaging decor, play areas, and family-friendly waiting spaces. This thoughtful approach helps reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with hospital visits for young patients.

Advanced medical services within a community setting

The CHI at Tallaght University Hospital exemplifies a successful integration of advanced medical services within a community setting, providing essential healthcare facilities that are both accessible and comprehensive. Through innovative design and strategic service provision, it not only enhances the quality of pediatric care but also supports the broader healthcare infrastructure by reducing demand on central services. This project stands as a testament to the effective collaboration between healthcare providers and designers in creating a facility that meets the needs of children and their families.

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