The planning process for a new 50-bed unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon is expected to be delayed for a number of weeks after Roscommon County Council deemed the HSE’s application ‘incomplete’.
The application was received on April 29th and was invalidated by the local authority. The HSE is confident however that the issue will be rectified promptly.
Independent TD Denis Naughten has called for the process to be concluded as quickly as possible.
“This facility provides a vital long-stay service to older people, particularly those who have complex care needs, and any reduction in bed numbers would directly impact on our older people. It also provides one of the best rehabilitation services of its kind in Ireland or the UK and with our growing older population investment in a modern Sacred Heart Hospital is key to the future of health care locally,” he said.
The new build will see the demolition of two single-storey accommodation units, Our Lady’s and St. Joseph’s Wards, a generator room, and existing catering staff changing rooms and stores.
It will also see the construction of a new two-storey 50-bed community nursing unit, a new single-storey kitchen, and new single-storey building linking the residential accommodation to the existing ‘link’ corridor, totaling a new floor area of 3,994.3m2.
The works would also see the refurbishment of parts of the existing single-storey structures as well as the installation of 68 surface car park spaces, 15 bicycle spaces, a new low-level wall, fencing, and landscaping.