In another significant investment to Portlaoise, the Health Service Executive are currently in the process of refurbishing Alvernia House at a cost of €4million.
The refurbished building will be the new home for the Child and Mental Health Service for the county.
“This is a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) facility to accommodate the Laois team who will relocate from the General Hospital, Portlaoise to this refurbished unit,” a HSE spokesperson explained.
Child and dolescent Mental Health Services is a free specialist service for children and adolescents with serious emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. CAMHS services across Ireland are run by the HSE.
The service caters for young people up to 16-years-old, although some CAMHS services extend to 18 years for young people in full-time education.
The house is located to the north of St Fintan’s campus, with the Dublin Road forming the northern side of the boundary of the campus and the Stradbally Road forming the southern boundary.
In late 2013, The HSE applied to refurbish the south and part of the west block of the house, which is a protected structure.
In the application they explained that the work would consist of the internal refurbishment of the building, alterations to the existing external walls to provide additional entrances, the replacement and extension of the existing external stairway to roof level, and a new external canopy.
The HSE expect construction to be completed by October of this year, will be building fully operational by the end of the year.