Breen confident plan includes construction of a new elderly care facility for St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis

September 30th, 2015 - Pat Breen

While exact details of the projects to be funded in the Community Nursing Units for Older People and Accommodation for those with a Disability Sector as part of the Governments €3bn plan to invest in the health capital programme is not expected to be made until next week, Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen is confident that the announcement will include the construction of a new elderly care facility for St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis.

“This Government is very much focused on developing and supporting Community Nursing Units for older people. We want to see our older people continue to live close to their family and friends in their own communities and this is important. And that is why we are supporting the upgrading of facilities right across this County, in Regina House Kilrush, in the Ennistymon Community Hospital and in Raheen in Tuamgraney.

This investment in Community Elderly Care facilities is set to continue with significant funding committed to supporting this Sector over the next five years as part of the five year plan.

I am confident that this plan includes provision of funding for the construction of a new state of the art Elderly Care Facility for St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis.

While over €2 million has been invested in upgrading St Joseph’s over the past number of years, it is evident that the infrastructural deficits in the current building cannot be addressed on the current site and that the construction of a new facility on a green field site is the best option.

Developing an entirely new facility would greatly enhance the environment for the residents and the staff who work there. It would also facilitate the optimisation of the care facilities provided for the residents and those wishing to access respite, support and physiotherapy services would also benefit.”