The new hospital will be located near the site of the never completed university hospital in Zagreb.
We are currently working on the feasibility study and we will try to get funding from the European Union for the national university hospital, confirmed Health Minister Milan Kujundžić, adding that the construction works should start by June. The first phase of the construction of the central health institution in the Blato neighbourhood in Zagreb will be the construction of a national children’s hospital, reports Večernji List on October 1, 2018.
“The current activities will be followed by international tenders for the design and the construction project of the hospital,” added the health minister, pointing out that this is a joint project of the government and the City of Zagreb.
The government and the City of Zagreb have already decided that the national children’s hospital necessitates the construction of entirely new premises. Prior to this decision, it was considered possible that the national children’s hospital, with the necessary modifications, would be located at the existing premises of the never completed university hospital in Blato. But it was obviously assessed that the modifications would be impossible, so a decision was made to build a completely new hospital.
A team of 51 experts, mostly doctors, has defined what should the new children’s hospital include. The next step is to announce an international tender for the design project which must show how the future hospital will look like. As announced earlier, each department in the national children’s hospital will have an outpatient clinic, as well as a small surgery room for minor interventions. The hospital will also include a reproductive centre with four surgery rooms, laboratories and other facilities.
“The primary strategic goal of the Croatian healthcare system is the establishment of a national university hospital as an umbrella institution in the hospital system. The national university hospital will bring together in one place the top medical professionals, highly sophisticated medical technology, and modern premises in line with the latest trends in the medical science,” states the National Hospital Development Plan until 2020, which was recently adopted by the government.
The same plan says that the new national children’s hospital will take over the capacities of the current children’s hospital at Klaićeva Street in Zagreb, together with some of the paediatric capacities of other Zagreb hospitals. The provision of comprehensive health care in the area of reproductive health will be a measure of the government’s population policy.
Translated from Večernji List (reported by Ivana Rimac Lesički).