The eight-bedroomed Hospice Unit which is planned for Roscommon Town is expected to go to tender in the next three weeks, according to Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins.
She was speaking as the new privately funded, purpose-built Mayo/Roscommon Hospice was officially opened in Castlebar last Friday.
The 14-bed facility was constructed with funds raised from public donations over more than twenty years and is expected to take in residential patients from next spring.
Speaking at the official opening, Senator Hopkins said the new hospice was a testament to those across Roscommon and Mayo who had “fundraised tirelessly”.
“This new hospice serving our region will enable the dedicated staff and volunteer team to provide the greatest level of support and comfort to those who need hospice or palliative care. It will offer inpatient care, outpatient services and the home-based team will be based from this facility.
“It is very obvious that every effort has been made to make this new hospice as comfortable and family-friendly as possible”.
Senator Hopkins paid tribute to Mayo/Roscommon CEO Martina Jennings and her team for leading a €9 million fundraising drive.
She added: “Mayo/Roscommon Hospice are also making good progress on the planned eight-bedroomed purpose hospice unit in Roscommon town, with the project due to go to tender in the next three weeks”.