Beacon Medical Group has received permission to build a €160m women and children’s hospital in South Dublin, Ireland.
The 126-bed hospital will be privately operated but open to public patients. It will include paediatric, maternity and gynaecology wards, and will have 24-hour obstetrician, neonatal and anaesthesia facilities.
The hospital is expected to ease the overcrowding caused by an increase in Ireland’s birth rate, and is estimated to deliver 20,000 babies by 2020.
The developers of the hospital have been asked to pay more than €1m in levies before starting the construction to fund new roads and upgrade sewerage works as a precondition.
Construction will be carried out by Landmark Developments on behalf of the Beacon Medical Group, and is estimated to take 30 months.