Limited visitation in place at St Vincent's Hospital Mountmellick
Laois TD Brian Stanley has said that two new 50 bed units and refurbishment of the existing St. Vincent's Hospital in Mountmellick is on the cards.
Deputy Stanley said he has questioned the Minister for Health Simon Harris on the future of Mountmellick Hospital.
“I welcome the Ministers for Health’s reply through the HSE this week, where he outlines the future of the hospital.
"The reply states that a Development Plan for Mountmellick Hospital has been completed and the procurement process for the appointment of a design team is currently underway.
"Further, the Ministers reply says that the HSE anticipates being in a position to lodge a planning application for Phase one, a new unit in 2019 and potentially for work to commence in 2020.
"Phase one will involve construction of a new 50 bed unit costing €11.5 million. The second Phase will involve another new 50 bed unit and refurbishment of a large section of the existing hospital.
“I have been raising this issue on a regular basis with the Minister and will continue to do so.
"St Vincent’s Hospital has served generations of Laois people over the years. With the population growth in Laois and the fact that people are living longer, we need facilities like Mountmellick Hospital to be upgraded and expanded to provide the number of public nursing home beds that will be required.
“The project for St Vincent’s is vitally important for Mountmellick and the whole county," he said.