Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has today welcomed her colleague Minister Stephen Donnelly’s announcement of the Capital Programme for 2021 at Naas General Hospital.
Senator O’Loughlin said: “There are a number of projects included in the Capital Programme for 2021 at Naas General Hospital. These include the Day Procedures/Endoscopy Unit, Oncology and Physical Therapy Unit and a new Acute Mental Health Unit.”
“Funding has been allocated to progress the project design for the Day Procedures/Endoscopy Unit Oncology and Physical Therapy Unit project. The procurement of the design team is underway and nearing completion.”
“The scope of the Acute Mental Health Unit has changed considerably and is currently being reviewed. The service area has progressed an extensive exercise to examine latest delivered mental health projects including the National Forensic Mental Health Service Hospital facility in Portrane. Following this review, service requirements have been rescoped to incorporate different room layouts, wider corridors, and additional recreation space. Other scope changes have been made such as inclusion of a decking carpark and seclusion rooms. The schedule of accommodation has just been confirmed and the design team are now working on the Stage 1 report.”
“The development of a modular isolation unit providing 12 single isolation rooms at Naas General Hospital is currently being progressed. The final contract to construct this unit is expected to be agreed within the next two weeks with offsite fabrication and associated site works commencing in September. Construction of the modular unit is due for completion in Q1 2022.”
Fiona concluded “This is a significant endorsement of the quality of care provided at Naas general hospital. I have spoken to Minister Donnelly on this, and I have expressed my delight at the announcement, the catchment area of Naas general hospital is significant, and we need to see appropriate resources being allocated to it”