Our Lady's Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is an acute paediatric teaching hospital employing approximately 1600 staff. It is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital and is responsible nationally for the provision of the majority of quarternary, tertiary and secondary healthcare services for children. It is the national centre in Ireland for a range of specialities including children’s childhood cancers and blood disorders, cardiac diseases, major burns, cystic fibrosis, clinical genetics and rheumatology.
The services provided are underpinned by a commitment to medical and nurse education and the development of the skills of staff generally. The hospital is built on a site of approximately 5 hectares which was provided by the Archbishop of Dublin. It first opened its doors in 1956 and was specifically designed to care for and treat sick children. Bed accommodation provided in the original design of the hospital was 324 beds and currently 233 beds and cots are in use including 44 day case beds.
The hospital is also involved in the teaching of medical personnel. Undergraduate students from University College Dublin, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Trinity College Dublin receive training in Paediatrics at Our Lady's Hospital.
Research is a fundamental component of all paediatric disciplines and the provision of a specialised research facility is recognised as an integral part of a modern comprehensive children's hospital. The National Children's Research Centre at this hospital provides well equipped laboratory facilities for the investigation of the biological basis of childhood disease and has made significant progress in the development of a Clinical Research Programme.
· Inpatient Cases 10,855
· Day Cases 18,965
· No of Emergency Attendances 38,079
· No of Theatre Procedures 12,766
· No of Outpatient Attendances 80,190
In the recent past through the State and charitable support the hospital has invested in new infrastructure. Examples include:
Construction of new Cardiac Catheterisation Theatre
Construction of new Orthopaedic Theatre
Full Ward Refurbishment and Extension of St. Joseph's
New MRI Simulation Room
Exterior Upgrading Project
New Cardiac Day Care Ward