St Lukes development delayed as capital plan is already fully subscribed

Approval for development of a dedicated colonoscopy service and unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny must await consideration for inclusion as part of the 2012 annual review of the Capital Plan, as this year’s Plan “is already fully subscribed”.

Approval for development of a dedicated colonoscopy service and unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny must await consideration for inclusion as part of the 2012 annual review of the Capital Plan, as this year’s Plan “is already fully subscribed”.

This is according to Anna-Marie Lanigan, HSE Operational Manager, Carlow/Kilkenny and South Tipperary. The project is listed as a priority in the overall HSE Capital Plan.

The planned 24-bed day services/endoscopy unit at St Luke’s General Hospital for Carlow/Kilkenny is part of the first phase of a proposed wider €25 million redevelopment project (incorporating new facilities for the emergency department, the medical assessment unit, a community day hospital, pharmacy, education/training centre and a new main hospital entrance and concourse).

A design team was appointed during 2008 to progress all of the projects highlighted in Phase 1 of the redevelopment. A planning application was lodged with the local authority in May 2009 and approval was subsequently received.

Design documentation for the redevelopment has been prepared and the pre-tender cost check is expected to be completed in the next number of weeks, after which a report will be issued to the HSE by the design team.

St Luke’s continues to provide endoscopy services for symptomatic referrals