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Central referral system for children

New patients are now being booked by Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Central Referrals into the next available clinically appropriate appointment for general paediatrics, in Temple Street, Crumlin and Connolly.

This may mean that patients are given an appointment at a location they/their family have not attended before.

Due to the phased approach of the new electronic systems, patients directed for Tallaght will be booked into TUH.

There are approximately 6,500 patients on the general paediatrics waiting list and there will be around 10,800 general paediatrics outpatient appointments in the hospitals (based on 2017 activity).

Connolly will add an extra 6,600 appointments per year to this, so it is expected that between July/August 2018 and 2019, 17,400 appointments will be scheduled.

With the new central system, appointments will be scheduled six weeks in advance, which is when the appointment date/location is communicated to the parent/guardian.

The Connolly Urgent Care Centre/Out Patients is due to open in July and the new Tallaght children’s service in 2020.