Minister for Health Announces Site Locations for ‘Surgical Hub’ Projects Nationally

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Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly has announced the site locations for a number of ‘Surgical Hubs’ nationally.

The surgical hubs are being developed in key locations on-site or on sites operated under the governance of Model 4 hospitals with the intent of having an impact on day-case waiting lists in advance of the development of regional elective hospitals. They will also allow hospitals to focus on other areas of waiting lists as many day-case procedures can be moved to the surgical hubs.

The hubs are being modelled on the very successful Reeves Centre at Tallaght University Hospital. Over the course of the first 24 months of operation of the Reeves Centre, the total number of patients waiting on day case surgery reduced by 58%, with a 91% reduction in patients waiting over 3 months.

Speaking on a visit to Galway, Minister Donnelly announced the following site selections:

GalwayMerlin Park University Hospital (modular build)
CorkCork University Hospital (modular build)
Dublin NorthSite being finalised (turnkey fit-out)
Dublin SouthMount Carmel (refurbishment)
WaterfordUniversity Hospital Waterford (modular build)
LimerickSite being finalised (rapid/modular build)

Minister Donnelly said, “These surgical hubs now being developed will address waiting lists in the shorter term and will complement the longer-term development of regional elective hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin.

“We continue to see the successful operation of the surgical hub at the Reeves Centre in Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin where many waiting lists for day-case procedures have fallen dramatically and been eliminated.

“I’ve asked the HSE to ensure that the first of the new hubs will be operational before the end of this year, with more following in 2024.”

Surgical Hub developments are estimated at a cost of €100-120 million between capital and revenue, subject to the estimates process in the usual way.