Major Capital Investment to secure Clare’s Community Hospitals- BREEN

September 17th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that the additional investment being provided for the further development of Clare’s Community Hospitals will enhance the facilities and is testament to the Government’s strong support for Clare’s Community based hospitals.

With the Government’s five-year spending plan on capital projects due to be discussed by the Economic Management Council today and details emerging of a €300 million investment in the refurbishment or replacement of State-owned nursing homes, Deputy Breen is hoping that an upgrade of St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis will be included in this funding.

Already Phase 2 Capital Projects are underway at the Regina House in Kilrush and at Ennistymon Community Hospital with phase 1 at Raheen Community Hospital due to commence shortly.

Significant investment has already been made to modernise and enhance the facilities at Regina House in Kilrush and at the Community Hospital in Ennistymon with phase 1 capital projects already completed in both hospitals.

Further capital developments projects have now commenced at both hospitals with phase 1 works due to commence in Raheen Community Hospital shortly.

Work on the phase 1 upgrade at Regina House in Kilrush was completed at a cost of €1,067,000. The Friends of Regina House contributed €110k to this phase with the remaining funding of €975k provided by the HSE. Phase One (Bluebell Wing) is a new single story extension which comprises of 5 x twin rooms with en-suite facilities, 2 x single rooms with en-suite facilities, a clinical room, nurses station with some of the existing rooms transitioned in to an art room and storage area.

The Phase 2 extension works have now commenced. This phase consists of 3 x single rooms with conversion of sitting room from phase one to a single bedroom in this phase, relocation of sluice room to conform to infection control standards, provision of a new sitting room and visitor’s room with tea making facilities, remedial works to the central garden and the provision of a new entrance to comply with Fire Safety Regulations. This phase will completed at a cost €704,000, which will be funded entirely by the HSE and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

Phase 1 of the upgrade at Ennistymon Community was completed at a cost of €1,014,166 and was funded by the Friends of Ennistymon Community Hospital who contributed €400,000 and the HSE who provided the remainder.

Phase 2 has commenced and it will be completed at a cost of €1,354,652 and will be funded entirely by the HSE. Phase 2 will comprise of a sitting room, eight single rooms all with en-suite facilities, a nurses’ station, a linen room, an accessible toilet, clinical room, store room and a revised ramp will like phase 2 with the existing hospital and is expected to be completed by March 2016.

Raheen Community Hospital is also getting a facelift with Phase 1 of the new development due to begin shortly and this phase will incorporate single rooms for all the residents which will make the hospital HIQA compliant.

I would like to pay tribute to the Management, Staff and Friends of each of the three Hospitals for their ongoing contribution to maintaining these Hospitals all of which have a bright future in their communities.
Community Hospitals play an important role in our Communities as they facilitate our older people to live closer to their families and friends in their own communities and of course, all three Clare facilities provide Day Care Centres which are very important in supporting our older people.
The commitment to provide further significant investment in Clare’s three Community Hospitals is testament to the Governments strong support for them and secures the future of these facilities into the future, which I very much welcome. ”