A DESIGN team has been appointed for the new 50 bed unit to be built at St Vincent’s Hospital in Athy.
Planning permision for the €9.3million state of the art facility, which is expected to be built alongside the existing hospital, will be sought this year.
News of the development was welcomed by Cllr Mark Wall when it was confirmed by the HSE that a design team had been appointed and that they are working through stage (ii) a scheme design.
The reply was received from the HSE , through Cllr Wall’s colleague , Deputy Seán Sherlock, and it confirmed that planning permission will be sought in 2019.
“This is very welcome news and will provide St Vincents Hospital with the modern facilities of a new 50 bed unit that marks a 21st century health care system,” said Cllr Wall.
“The major upgrade is set to cost approximately €9.3 million. The new unit was previously to be completed by 2021 and with planning permission being sort this year, this must continue to be a realistic target for the HSE.”
The investment is to include a new 50 bed unit, built alongside the existing hospital where it is expected that 66 beds will be maintained, ensuring that all 116 beds in St Vincent’s will remain open and available to those most in need of them.
“St Vincent’s hospital is a model of public service with a county wide, and beyond excellent reputation,” added Cllr Wall.
“This news will be welcomed by staff and management and most importantly those who have loved ones in the existing facility or will need to use its new and existing facilities into the future”.
Cllr Wall concluded “This is further positive news for the town of Athy. Progress continues on the much needed southern distributor road, planning permission has being secured for the redevelopment of Emily Square and the new primary care centre has begun construction on the Dublin Road into the town. My focus will continue on these much needed infrastructural projects for the town but also will include focusing on employment and training opportunities for the population of this very important part of South Kildare.”