PLANS to develop services at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny are progressing with haste.
In a letter to Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that the new emergency unit, the new medical assessment unit and the day services unit ( to be named in honour of Suzie Long) will commence next year.
Mr Pat Healy, regional director for the HSE in the south of the country, said that it was not possible to include the project in the capital programme for this year because it had not been progressed adequately through the design process but that all three new units were in the plan for 2011 to 2015 and had been authorised by the CEO of the HSE in July of this year and by the secretary general of the Department of Health ensuring it goes ahead and that the money is there to carry out the works.
“I can confirm that the project is progressing apace and will be completed by the end of 2013,” Mr Healy said in a letter to Minister Hogan which is dated November 3, 2011.
Mr Healy expects the main contractors for the multi-million euro construction project to be on site by the second quarter of 2012 once enabling works in the existing hospital are completed which are imperative before the main work on the new A&E; medical assessment and day services units begin.
“I hope this will bring to an end any concerns there are about the viability of this project and its place in the HSE’s programme of capital works,” Minister Hogan said in response to the letter..