BREAKING Funding confirmed for vital Covid-19 care respiratory capacity at Portlaoise hospital

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Funding has been approved for the development of a new Respiratory Assessment Unit at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

The HSE's Dublin Midland Hospital Group has confirmed the development.

"The new development will involve a two-storey extension, adjacent to the Emergency Department, which will provide additional clinical capacity to enhance the hospital's Covid-19 management pathways.

"The facility will extend to in excess of 555 sqm at ground floor level and 555 sqm at first floor level. The total cost of the project is estimated at €5.5m.

"It is expected that enabling works and construction works will commence in the coming months," said the statement.

The hospital had made a submission to the HSE to fund the expansion as existing facilities for patients with respiratory conditions have been placed under significant strain during the pandemic. 

Michael Knowles is the General Manager at the Laois hospital.

“We are very pleased to add this development to the range of ongoing improvements being undertaken at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. This will enhance the physical space and overall experience of patients who are attending our services.

"We would like to acknowledge the support of staff for their work on this particular project and to the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and HSE Estates who have worked with us to get it approved,” he said.

It says the Respiratory Assessment Unit will be a two-storey modular building to allow the Emergency Department segregate Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 clients.

It will be completed by September and operational by December. A total of €2.7 million has been budgeted for 2021 with the total cost running to €4.9 million.