Minister Stephen Donnelly visits new NRH Facilities
December 20, 2022
Minister Stephen Donnelly and Deputy Cormac Devlin were welcomed on their recent visit to the NRH by Kieran Fleck, Chairman, Prof Jacinta Morgan, Clinical Director, Derek Greene, CEO and representatives of the Board and Management Team. Minister Donnelly and Deputy Devlin met with patients and staff, and they viewed the facilities in Phase One of the new world class rehabilitation hospital.
Phase One is the first of a three-phase major capital development. It includes 120 single ensuite rooms, integrated therapy facilities, aquatherapy pools, a sports department and exercise gym. It is specifically designed to accommodate the needs of people requiring complex specialist rehabilitation services. The design is patient-centred and based on the principles of empowerment, dignity, privacy, confidentiality and choice. This development also impacts positively on staff who benefit from delivering services in an innovative environment designed specifically around patients’ needs.
The new hospital is designed to meet with best international practice and infection prevention and control guidelines – a vital requirement in minimising the potential for transmission of COVID-19, and to facilitate more effective management of Health Care Acquired Infections (HCAIs).
The benefits of investing in the future of rehabilitation for our patients are becoming very evident with Phase One. Now it is vital that the development of Phases Two and Three are advanced as quickly as possible, as currently Phase One facilitates only some of the hospital services in the new environment, while other services will remain in the old building until completion of Phase Two.
Phase Two provides for the relocation of the remaining existing hospital services and facilities to the new building in order to have a fully functional hospital, minimising the amount of travel needed by patients to move between units, therapy and ancillary services. On completion of Phase Two the hospital will have optimal efficiency in its operation, and the completion of Phase Two will facilitate the development of the further phase(s) to increase the bed and service capacity of the hospital.
Phase Three includes the completion of the 235-bed hospital in accordance with an NRH updated brief for the long term development of the campus.