€1.5 million to be invested in two of Clare’s Community Hospitals – BREEN

June 4th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has welcomed the news that the HSE in partnership with the Local Support Groups is to fund €1.5 million in development works at two of Clare’s Community Nursing homes, Regina House in Kilrush (€750,000) and Ennistymon Community Hospital (€750,00).

“Community hospitals play a very important role in our healthcare system and I am very pleased that this is being recognised and that significant structural developments are to carried out at Regina House in Kilrush and at the Ennistymon Community Hospital.

Planning Permission has been approved for both projects. Phase one of the development at Regina House in Kilrush will see a new purpose built extension constructed, in line with HIQA standards which will include five twin rooms all with en-suites and resident’s sitting room. A new centralised nurses stations and adjacent clinical room are also included in phase one.

A new purpose built extension will also be constructed at Ennistymon Community Hospital in line with HIQA standards. It will include four twin bedded rooms all with en-suites and a centralised nurses’ station along with additional equipment storage space.

Phase one of these developments will see areas of resident’s accommodation being upgrade ensuring the modernisation of living areas including bedrooms, dining and sitting rooms and this will give resident’s privacy and dignity.

Funding for both projects is being provided in partnership between the HSE and the local Support Groups and I would like to pay tribute to the Friends and Support Groups in both areas for their commitment to providing care for the elderly and to the local communities for their generosity in providing voluntary funding.

Both Regina House in Kilrush and Ennistymon Community Hospital provide a range of services for older people including extended care, respite care, palliative care which are very much valued by the people of West and North Clare.

Both Hospitals also provide Day Care Centres which play a major role in allowing older people to live independently in their own communities. As well as the social interaction value of Day Care Centres they are a source of comfort for families who know that they love is looked after in a safe environment for a number of hours during the day.

The commitment to fund the structural development of these facilities is a testament to this Government’s strong support for our Community based hospitals in the County and it is very good news for continued delivery of services for our older people.

Building works on phase 1 of both projects is expected to commence in early autumn with the works to be completed in 2014. “