National Rehabilitation Hospital

An Taoiseach and the Minister for Health formally ‘Turn the Sod’ on Phase One of NRH Redevelopment

Minister for Health with An Taoiseach and NRH Chairman Kieran Fleck break ground on the New NRH Development – Phase one

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD formally ‘Turned the Sod’ at the NRH on Monday 23rd October to mark the construction of Phase One of the New Hospital Development.

This significant Capital development, which is a partnership between the HSE and the NRH Foundation, will see the existing ward accommodation at the NRH replaced by a new 120 bed facility including integrated therapy services, hydrotherapy pool and sports facilities.  The development will be purpose built to accommodate the needs of those requiring complex specialist rehabilitation services and will comply with best international practice and SARI (infection control) guidelines.  An exchequer allocation in addition to the contributions made by the NRH Foundation (€10m) and the HSE has enabled the construction of the Phase One of the development to proceed.

Mr Kieran Fleck, Chairman; Minister of State for Higher Education Ms Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Mr Derek Greene, CEO

Mr Kieran Fleck, Chairman; Minister of State for Higher Education Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Mr Derek Greene, CEO

Minister Simon Harris, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mr Henry Murdoch, NRH Foundation Chairman, Mr Kieran Fleck, NRH Chairman and Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director

Minister Simon Harris, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mr Henry Murdoch, NRH Foundation Chairman, Mr Kieran Fleck, NRH Chairman and Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director

Mr. Kieran Fleck, Minister Simon Harris, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Mr Henry Murdoch NRH Foundation Chairman, Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director, Ms Siobhán Bonham, Senior Project Manager, Derek Greene, CEO

Mr Kieran Fleck, Chairman; Minister Simon Harris; An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar; Mr Henry Murdoch NRH Foundation Chairman, Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director; Ms Siobhán Bonham, Senior Project Manager; Mr Derek Greene, CEO

At the event, An Taoiseach said “The new purpose built rehabilitation hospital will provide a patient-centred approach to help deliver the best possible outcomes for those who attend either as in-patients or out-patients. It will also provide the staff of the hospital with an excellent facility within which to continue their work, work which is so critical to the lives of people with neurological conditions and their families and carers. The Government is determined to invest in the future of our health services, while also delivering major healthcare reform, and this ‘breaking ground’ ceremony today is a clear demonstration of our commitment.”

Minister for Health, Simon Harris and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar

Minister for Health, Simon Harris and An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar

Minister Simon Harris said “The Government recognises the excellent high quality rehabilitation programmes which the NRH delivers and the hospital’s excellent patient outcomes. This new development will enable staff to deliver optimal quality care and treatment in a facility which affords dignity, respect and privacy to all. It will be a major enhancement to rehabilitation services in the country and will have a direct and significant impact on patient recovery. These new facilities will make a real difference to the lives of the children and adults who pass through the doors of the NRH.”

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Mr Kieran Fleck, NRH Chairman

 

“Today is a day of celebration and while not forgetting our past, or those on whose shoulders we stand, we look forward with anticipation to the development of this unique project.”

Kieran Fleck, Chairman

 

 

 

NRH Chairman, Mr Kieran Fleck welcomed the start of the construction of Phase One and commenting on the fact that this project has previously been stalled by economic downturns in both 1980 and 2008, he paraphrased WB Yeats, “Good things come dropping slow”.   Mr Fleck added “This new development has had a long and challenging gestation period and would not have come about without the steely determination and support of all those associated with this hospital – past and present”

Commenting on the plans for the New Hospital, Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director said “As an organisation, we at the NRH know that our staff can – and will deliver the standards of care and rehabilitation worthy of these generous investments. Investments we will use to provide world-class facilities and world class rehabilitation.  It is vitally important at this time to acknowledge our staff because, as our patients will tell you, it is our staff both past and present – certainly not our buildings – that have built the enviable reputation for quality rehabilitation which NRH has achieved over the years”.

Professor Mark Delargy addresses the audience at the 'Breaking Ground Ceremony' for the New Hospital Development

Professor Mark Delargy addresses the audience at the ‘Breaking Ground Ceremony’ for the New Hospital Development

Professor Delargy continued “So, after this long wait, the NRH has got the go ahead to revolutionise its healthcare facilities to better serve the needs of people with disabilities across the country. I am assured that we are in very, very good hands with our builders John Paul both in the quality of their work and their commitment to deliver a building which, supported by our Health Planning Team, has been expertly designed by Architects – O’Connell Mahon.”

Professor Delargy went on to say “When we move into the new building in 2020 we need to be a single rehabilitation team, and a cohesive unit which answers the call from those who need our services.  A top quality, internationally accredited, evidence based, responsive rehabilitation service which reaches out to our colleagues in the community and the referring hospitals.  And when we go on to achieve phase 3, with the additional fully staffed Rehabilitation beds that Ireland needs, we will have the means to address our waiting list.”

L-R: Henry Murdoch, NRH Foundation Chair; Eamon Booth, Director John Paul Construction; Minister Simon Harris; An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Kieran Fleck NRH Chairman; Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor; Sean Mahon, Director O'Connell Mahon; Professor Mark Delargy; Paraic Keogh Director John Paul Construction.

L-R: Henry Murdoch, NRH Foundation Chair; Eamon Booth, Director John Paul Construction; Siobhán Bonham Senior Project Manager; Minister Simon Harris; An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Kieran Fleck NRH Chairman; Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor; Sean Mahon, Director O’Connell Mahon; Professor Mark Delargy; Paraic Keogh Director John Paul Construction.

The National Rehabilitation Hospital is the first major healthcare project to be granted planning approval through the Strategic Infrastructural Development Process.  Following an EU Tendering and Selection Process for the main Building Contractor, the successful tender is John Paul Construction.

The planned completion date for the construction and equipping of Phase One of the new hospital unit is 2020.

Site Strategy and Phasing of the New Hospital Development

Phase 1: Relocation of Existing Hospital Beds, new Entrance, Sports Hall and Hydrotherapy Facilities.

Phase 1 includes the provision of 120 new single bed ensuite rooms, in 8 wards on 4 separate levels. Included also are the new Sports Hall and Hydrotherapy facilities and a new Entrance to the hospital off Rochestown Avenue.  The Phase 1 development of 18,000m2, now underway, will facilitate the relocation of all the existing beds to the new development and is designed to link into the existing clinical and non-clinical support services that remain in the existing hospital pending completion of Phase 2.

Phase 2:  Relocation of the remaining existing hospital facilities to the new building in order to have a fully functional hospital.

Phase 2 provides for the relocation of all existing therapies and support facilities to a new modern development, to serve the new 120 bed hospital to minimise patients transferring long distances across the hospital for treatment, thereby maximising therapy impact. On completion of Phase 2, the hospital will have optimal efficiency in its operation, and the completion of Phase 2 will facilitate the demolition of the existing hospital buildings and the development of the further phase(s).

Phase 3: Scaling the National Rehabilitation Hospital up to a 235 Bed Hospital

Phase 3 includes for the completion of the 235 bed hospital in accordance with an NRH updated brief for the long term development of the campus.