The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly, turned the sod on a new 24-bed development at Nenagh Hospital this Monday.
The project overall represents a circa €4.6 million capital investment by the HSE and a further €270,000 investment by the Friends of Nenagh Hospital. The building works contract for the development has recently been awarded to Manley Construction (Duleek, Co.Meath) following a public procurement process.
Construction work is due to commence on site next week and the development, which will take 20 months in total to complete, will see both a new extension as well as a major refurbishment of the existing male medical ward, effectively trebling in size the footprint of this current inpatient medical ward facility.
The work will be carried out in two phases. Phase 1 will see the construction of a new extension which will include 16 new high specification single occupancy en suite rooms and take approximately 12 months to complete; phase 2 of the development will then see the refurbishment of the current male medical ward space to provide a further eight beds in four new double occupancy en suite inpatient rooms along with other ancillary spaces including administration offices, staff facilities and ward storage areas. A two room suite which forms part of the phase one extension is being provided as a result of the support of the Friends of Nenagh Hospital and is intended to be known as the Gloster Suite in memory of the late Alice Gloster who generously left funding in her will to the group.
Speaking at the sod turning on Monday, Minister Alan Kelly said: “Nenagh Hospital has continued to provide crucially important services to the people of north Tipperary and its environs since 1936. This significant new investment which is in line with Government policy and the Framework for Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals, is a vote of confidence that Nenagh will continue to provide the best possible care for its patients for a considerable time to come. I would also like to thank the Friends of Nenagh for their valued contribution to the development.”
Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group also thanked the Friends of Nenagh for their continued support at Nenagh Hospital. Ms Cowan commented: “Our patients are at the centre of everything we do and this development will help to provide the best possible care for them whilst adhering to the highest standards of infection control and patient care possible in a modern facility. Today’s event represents another step in a programme of significant investment by the HSE in Nenagh. Our recent opening of the new €6.5 million surgical day unit here in June together with the opening of a €2.75 million endoscopy suite and lift extension in 2010 are part of our commitment to investment in this hospital as an integral part of the UL Hospital Group.” Ms Cowan said.
Joe Hoare, Estates Manager, HSE welcomed the contractors on board and is looking forward to work commencing on site next week. “We are delighted to be able to officially announce the awarding of the contract and commencement of work here at Nenagh Hospital. The new facility will provide state of the art, modern accommodation affording inpatients and their families the best possible degree of privacy and dignity during their care.”
Architects for the 24-bed medical development at Nenagh Hospital are O’Connell Mahon, Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin who are renowned for their healthcare projects.