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About Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin

Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin is an acute paediatric teaching hospital employing approximately 1900 WTE staff. It is Ireland's largest paediatric hospital and is responsible nationally for the provision of the majority of quarternary and tertiary healthcare services for children. The hospital also provides secondary care for the local catchment area. 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, 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 CHI at Crumlin.

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.

Activity 2018

·        Inpatient Cases                        10,739

·        Day Cases                                20,396

·        No of Emergency Attendances 38,159

·        No of Surgical Procedures        21,396

·        No of Outpatient Attendances   77,429


Recent Developments


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

 Cardiac Cath pic

Construction of new Orthopaedic Theatre

Full Ward Refurbishment and Extension of St. Joseph's

New MRI Simulation Room

MRI Simulator pic

Exterior Upgrading Project

New Cardiac Day Care Ward

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About Children's Health Ireland

Children’s Health Ireland (‘CHI’), is a statutory body established on 04 December 2018 under the Children’s Health Act 2018 (No 27 of 2018) (‘the Act’) to oversee the development and governance of specialist acute paediatric hospital services in Ireland. On 1 January 2019, CHI assumed governance of the three tertiary children's hospitals in Dublin (Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children's University Hospital, and the National Children's Hospital). 

CHI operates as a single service across the existing children's hospital locations of Crumlin, Temple Street, and Tallaght. CHI at Connolly the first of two paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres opened on 31 July 2019, on the grounds of Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, this will be followed by the opening of a second facility at Tallaght Hospital which is currently planned to open in 2020 and the opening of the new children's hospital on the campus shared with St James's Hospital in 2023 all of which will support transforming how healthcare is delivered to children in Ireland.

Sick children and babies were treated as in-patients in CHI Hospitals in 2019

Sick children and babies were treated as day cases in CHI Hospitals in the year

Outpatient appointments were held across CHI in 2019

Children presented for treatment in CHI Emergency Departments in 2019

Urgent care cases were received in CHI Connolly in the year

The number clinical specialities in CHI Hospitals including cardiac diseases, burns, metabolic and neurosurgery

Inpatient and Day Case Beds

Average length of stay

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