€15m revamp to create 120-bed rehab facility

by Aisling Kennedy

THE National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire has been awarded a further €15m in funding as part of plans to redevelop the hospital for patients.
The funding was announced by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar last week and it will go towards a new 120-bed building on the hospital site.
Deputy Eamon Gilmore (Lab) welcomed the additional funding for the hospital. He said: “The NRH is one of Ireland’s most important health facilities. It provides treatment and rehabilitation for victims of accidents and of strokes and 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 time, to develop a new facility on the site at Rochestown Avenue.”
Deputy Gilmore said the hospital recently secured planning permission for the new development but there was a shortfall in the original estimate for the work.
“The €15m allocated funds will bridge that shortfall and will enable the HSE and the hospital to proceed with the work.
“It is a good day for health services in Dun Laoghaire and for the rehabilitation services in the country.”
Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, echoed Deputy Gilmore’s comments and said that the extra funding was “great news”, particularly for all the patients who use the service.
She said: “This re-development is something that has been badly needed for a long time, by both patients and staff. This new development will be purpose-built to accommodate the needs of patients requiring complex specialist rehabilitation services and will comply with best international practice and guidelines.”
She said that the new facility would see the structure of integrated therapy spaces, hydrotherapy and sports facilities on the NRH campus, which all patients will be eligible to avail of in the future.
Deputy Mitchell O’Connor added: “This is great news for the patients and staff at the NRH. I would like to pay tribute to the staff for their outstanding professionalism and also the board of the NRH.”

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