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Friday 9 December 2016

National Rehabilitation Hospital to get new €15m 120-bed revamp

Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore

The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire is to undergo a major transformation after an additional €15m in funding was made available.

The allocation will allow the hospital to proceed with a new 120-bed building on its site.

Local Labour TD Eamon Gilmore said the hospital recent- ly secured planning permission for the development.

"There was, however, a shortfall in the original estimate for the work," he said.

"The €15m allocated funds will bridge that shortfall and will enable the HSE and the hospital to proceed with the work.

"It's a good day for health services in Dun Laoghaire and for rehabilitation services in the country."

He said he had been told by Health Minister Leo Varadkar that the additional funding was being made available.

"The NRH is one of Ireland's most important health facilities," he said.

"It provides treatment and rehabilitation for victims of accidents and strokes and it is renowned for its caring and professional service. The NRH is currently located in buildings which have outlived their time.

"There has been a need for a long period of time to develop a new facility on the site at Rochestown Avenue.

Permission

"I have been working with the hospital authorities for many years to develop what will, in effect, be a new hospital."

Planning permission for the redevelopment of the site was granted by An Bord Pleanala in April.

It was the first major healthcare project to be granted approval by the body through the strategic infrastructural development process.

The development will see the existing ward accommodation at the hospital replaced by the new 120-bed facility, including integrated therapy services.

The new hospital is expected to be ready in 2017.

However, services will continue at the existing level while the development proceeds.

The NRH is the only hospital of its type in the country. It offers rehabilitation programmes tailored to meet the individual needs of adult and paediatric patients in a number of different areas including brain injuries and spinal cord injury.

Dr Jacinta McElligott, the chair of its medical board, said previously that the new building would enable them to achieve their goals of helping patients return to the highest level of function and independence possible while improving the overall quality of life physically, emotionally and socially.

NRH chairman Kieran Fleck said they were looking forward to having a "world-class building" designed to meet the needs of patients.

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