Stephen Donnelly, The Minister for Health at the Earl Building - the new Rotunda Outpatient Services base at Clery’s Quarter.
The Earl Building will provide services to over 100,000 appointments annually.

Dublin, 17th November 2023: Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly T.D. has today visited the site of the new outpatient and ambulatory services for the Rotunda Hospital, which will be situated in the Earl Building in the newly revamped Clery’s Quarter. The site was procured by the HSE for the Rotunda and will cater for over 100,000 outpatient and ambulatory patients annually

Once commissioned, the new site will be the primary location for clinics which will provide a range of outpatient services for over 100,000 patients. The following services will be provided from the Earl Building:

  • Maternity Outpatients
  • Paediatric Outpatients
  • Colposcopy
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Allied Health- Social Work/Dietetics

The relocation of outpatient services to the Earl Building is a key enabler in progressing the development of a critical care wing for the Rotunda Hospital on its Parnell Square campus. A Critical Care Wing build will provide a new and expanded neonatal intensive care unit and special baby care unit, expanded Delivery suite & operating theatre capacity, increased single occupancy Post-natal beds and other clinical supports such as Central Services Supplies Department (Decontamination).

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD said: “I welcome the HSE’s purchase of the new Earl building to support the delivery of outpatient services for the Rotunda. Promoting Women’s Health is a priority within the Programme for Government and a top priority for me as Minister. The quality of care delivered at the Rotunda is of the highest standard and this new building, once commissioned in 2024, will enable that care to continue to be delivered in facilities more befitting of a 21st century health system.”

Professor Sean Daly, Master of the Rotunda Hospital said: “On behalf of the Board, management and staff at the Rotunda Hospital, I am delighted to welcome the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD to the site of the new outpatient services for the Rotunda Hospital in the Earl Building. I would like to thank colleagues within the HSE, Department of Health and RCSI Hospitals Group, as in parallel we continue to work collaboratively in progressing plans and designs to develop a critical care wing on the Rotunda campus.   The Procurement of the Earl building will be a key enabler in any planned or future proposed development of the Rotunda Campus and will facilitate the decant of all OPD and other ambulatory services into a current and modern healthcare facility

The Rotunda are greatly enthused about this project and are hugely motivated with our colleagues in the HSE   in progressing with the new site over the coming months to enhance the service offering for mothers and babies.”

The Rotunda Hospital is the oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the world, founded in 1745 and has been operating out of its current buildings since 1757. Approximately one in six of all babies born in Ireland are born in the Rotunda Hospital.


Issued on behalf of the Rotunda Hospital by Heneghan

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