120 Bed Rehabilitation Unit for NRH Campus
120 Bed Replacement Unit – Capital Development Project
Significant capital development for the National Rehabilitation Hospital on its campus in Dún Laoghaire
The Sisters of Mercy, Board of Management, patients and staff of the National Rehabilitation Hospital were delighted to welcome the announcement in May 2012, made by an Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD and the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, confirming a significant capital development on the campus of the existing hospital.
This development, which is a partnership between the HSE and the NRH Foundation, will see the existing 120 bed facility at the NRH replaced by a new 120 bed facility including integrated therapy services. It is planned that the facility will be purpose built specifically to accommodate the needs of those requiring complex specialist rehabilitation services and to comply with best international practice and SARI guidelines.
Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health, in announcing this development said “For far too long, patients who required prolonged rehabilitation have been receiving excellent care in an environment that falls well short of that. The lack of privacy in the current facility will now be addressed through this state of the art modern development providing best care in the best environment.
The Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore said ‘The National Rehabilitation Hospital is a landmark institution. It is part of our history and, with this major redevelopment of the 120 bed facility, it marks a new phase in our future. A future where health services are built around the needs of patients, at every stage of their rehabilitation and recovery. The development of a world class rehabilitation hospital forIreland has a key role in this objective, and it is a statement of our values, even in these very straitened times.’
The Chairman, Henry Murdoch also welcomed this long overdue development by stating “At last we will have a modern new facility that will be purpose built and designed to meet the needs of all our patients. It will be a major enhancement to rehabilitation services in the country and will have a direct and significant impact on patient recovery by providing an optimal ward and therapeutic environment for their treatment in the NRH.”
Mr Murdoch added “We are particularly delighted that even in the current economic climate, that this development has been prioritised and actioned by the Government.”
An architect led Design Feasibility Study has been completed on behalf of the HSE which demonstrates that the hospital can continue to provide the existing level of services at all times during the redevelopment. The HSE, in partnership with the National Rehabilitation Hospital have begun the selection process for the appointment of a Technical Team, which will be followed by the selection of a Design Team.
The National Rehabilitation Hospital celebrated its 50th year in 2011 as the national provider of complex specialised rehabilitation services for adult and paediatric patients from throughout Ireland.