Temple St emergency department to reopen after power outage

Five intensive care unit patients moved out of the hospital are expected to be transferred back tomorrow

Updated: 5.10pm

Temple St Children's Hospital is to re-open its emergency department this evening after a significant power outage.

Parents had earlier been urged not to bring their children to the department following an eight-second interruption to the power supply, causing the back-up generator to kick in.

An investigation showed the transformer in the hospital sub-station needed to be replaced. That replacement is due to take be put into place this Saturday.

An additional generator arrived at the hospital this afternoon and should be connected by 6pm. 

The hospital's emergency department will go back ‘on-call’ to ambulances from then, at which point parents may bring their children into A&E as normal.

However, the surgeries and elective x-rays that were due to take place today remain postponed. 

The five intensive care unit (ICU) patients that were transferred from Temple Street to the ICU in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin this morning are expected to be transferred back tomorrow.

All other normal services will resume in the hospital from tomorrow morning, including planned elective surgeries.

Earlier, in a statement, the children’s hospital said all other current inpatients are stable and can be cared for within existing resources.

The hospital asked parents not to bring any children with 'non-urgent' complaints to the emergency departments of the other two children’s hospitals, Crumlin and Tallaght.

Once the additional generator is installed, normal services in the emergency departments and planned elective surgeries will resume.