National Rehabilitation Hospital

Minister for Health visits the NRH

Pictured L-R: Minister Simon Harris TD, NRH Chairman Kieran Fleck, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, Prof. Mark Delargy Clinical Director NRH

Pictured L-R: Minister Simon Harris TD, NRH Chairman Kieran Fleck, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Prof. Mark Delargy Clinical Director NRH

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD visited the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) on Tuesday 20th December, and was updated on progress being made on planned new facilities for the campus. The new development will deliver a 120 bed single room accommodation block, including integrated therapy spaces, hydrotherapy pool and sports hall for adult and paediatric patients who have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Spinal Cord Injury, or acquired or congenital (present at birth) Limb Absence, and require a complex specialist rehabilitation programme.

Planning permission is already in place and it is expected that tenders from contractors for the main works will be returned in February 2017. Speaking at the Hospital, Minister Harris said, “I believe these new facilities will help make a real difference in the lives of children and adult patients, as well as their families. I’m glad to reaffirm my commitment both to the NRH and to the ongoing improvement of neuro-rehabilitation services for people who need them. I know that when patients come to avail of these services they do so often in difficult circumstances where patients and families are facing a major change in their lives. I want to ensure that the best possible services are available to them. I also want to acknowledge the dedication of the staff working here, who work so hard for their patients, and thank them for everything they do.”

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor who has long advocated for the new National Rehabilitation Hospital also visited the hospital with Minister Harris.

The Programme for Partnership Government places a particular focus on a number of key programmes and strategies, including publishing a plan for advancing neuro-rehabilitation services in the community. The National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015 made a number of recommendations for services for people with rehabilitation needs. The Strategy also covered a range of supports including clinical, therapeutic, social, vocational and community supports for these people. The HSE’s recently published National Service Plan 2017 commits to finalising and progressing implementation of this Strategy. Other plans, as announced by Minister Harris recently, include funding to the design / planning stage of a specialist rehabilitation unit at Roscommon University Hospital in association with the NRH.  The project would deliver 20 beds and therapy suite accommodation. – See more at: http://www.merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/Releases/Minister_for_Health_visits_National_Rehabilitation_Hospital.html#sthash.lb8aId6F.dpuf