St Columba’s Hospital new build by 2021

€18.9 million earmarked to develop the new facility...

Darren Hassett

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St Columba’s Hospital new build by 2021

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St Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown is at appraisal stage and is expected to be ready by the middle of 2021 once there are “no construction related issues”.

Local Fianna Fáil TD, Bobby Aylward, asked the Minister for Health to provide a comprehensive status report on plans for refurbishment, renovation and new building works at the site.

The Capital Programme announced in January 2016 provides for the replacement and refurbishment of 90 public nursing homes across the country over the next five years including St Columba’s Hospital, Cloghabrody.

In a written response to Deputy Aylward, Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said: “Under this Programme it is proposed to deliver a new build community nursing home by means of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) mechanism by the end of 2021.

“This project is currently at appraisal stage and is proceeding according to capital planning guidelines.

“As the project is being delivered by means of a PPP mechanism, which is at an early stage of the development, it is not possible to give a detailed timeline for the delivery of each stage of the project.

“Assuming that there are no construction related issues encountered, it is expected that the facility will be operational by Q3-Q4 2021.”

Pat Healy, the HSE’s National Director of Social Care, at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee on March 9 of this year, said the facility has been “prioritised”. He added that there was €18.9 million earmarked to develop the new hospital.