WORK has started on phase two of a €2 million extension of a unit in Raheen Community Hospital, the Mid-West HSE has confirmed.
The latest extension consists of the provision of a new build ward extension, which will provide HIQA compliant accommodation to seven residents in the existing Community Nursing Unit at Raheen.
Following Public Works Restricted Procurement procedure, a contract was awarded to Custy Construction in March and the works have commenced on site. These major works will be carried out in two phases.
Phase one consists of the construction of new plant room and services compound and partial demolition of existing stores building to allow for the connection and commissioning of the new services to the existing building.
The second phase, which is programmed to start in July 2021, will be the demolition of the remainder of the stores building followed by the construction of the bedroom block. The construction duration is about 12 months to be followed by equipping of the unit.
Deputy Michael McNamara said the commencement of work on a new ward extension is “badly needed”, and will restore confidence locally in East Clare around the future of the East Clare facility.
“Following the 2011 General Election, there was a suggestion that some community hospitals could face closure. I supported the Raheen Support Group in what was a difficult situation for everyone associated with the future development of the facility.
“Upgrade works had been undertaken at Ennistymon and Kilrush community hospitals, but little progress was being made in Raheen in the intervening years,” explained Deputy McNamara.
“The people of Scariff and the wider East Clare area will very much welcome the Government’s approval of €2 million for the extension consisting of the provision of a new build ward extension.”
The latest extension has also been welcomed by Deputy Joe Carey, who said it will be of great comfort and relief to patients and their families who rely on the wonderful services in Raheen.
“This important development will enable the hospital to continue to provide appropriate care in the community for years to come. I want to thank the HSE for their update and look forward to these important works being completed.”