MOUNT CARMEL Medical Group is submitting a planning application to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to redevelop Mount Carmel Hospital in Churchtown, Dublin 14, writes EDEL MORGAN
The medical group, which also owns Aut Even hospital in Kilkenny and St Joseph's private hospital in Sligo, will demolish the private maternity hospital and build a new six-storey one if it gets the go-ahead.
Also part of the proposal is a residential development of 40 houses and apartments on the five-acre site at Braemor Park.
The main shareholder of the Mount Carmel Medical Group, which acquired the hospital in 2006, is property developer Jerry Conlan.
The development would be in two phases: the first would see a new six-storey 160-bed hospital built on the eastern portion of the site.
Mount Carmel Medical Group is now embarking on an extensive investment programme to strengthen the hospital's services. The plan is to expand the maternity unit and create a centre of excellence for mothers and babies with birthing pools, family rooms and 3D scanning.
The new hospital would have obstetrics, pathology and phlebotomy departments, consultants' suites, an X-ray department, theatres and administrative areas. There would also be a research and education area, staff restaurant and an oratory.
Phase two would see the existing five-storey hospital demolished and a residential development built comprising of 28 terraced four-bed houses and 12 two-bedroom apartments in three blocks.
Access to the homes would be off Orwell Road.