New Children’s Hospital


Many parts of the original Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC) are old and difficult to maintain in an acceptable condition for the delivery of modern healthcare services. So it’s time to build again.   The DHSSPS has given approval and funding for the development of a new regional Children’s Hospital and it has been identified as an Executive Flagship project. 


The new Children’s Hospital is being built on a site just beside the existing RBHSC.   It will provide state-of-the art facilities for children and young people from across Northern Ireland.   It will also have bridge links to some of the other new hospitals on site including the Maternity Hospital and Critical Care Building.


It is expected that the construction of the building will be completed during 2021/22.   The move in and transfer of staff, patients and visitors will follow.


The new Children’s Hospital will provide state-of-the-art hospital accommodation.   It will be over 3.5 times the size of the current Children’s Hospital and the total size of the floor area will be approximately 55,000m2, that’s over 12 football pitches!


The new Children’s Hospital will see patients up to the age of 16 years of age, and up to 18 years for some specialist services.  This is a change from current practice where children are seen up to the age of 14 years.