Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has welcomed confirmation that a design team has been appointed to the project which will see a new 50 bed unit replace Clifden District Hospital and St Anne’s Community Nursing Home, at the existing location of the hospital and nursing home.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented “I have been informed that a design team is currently progressing with drafting the design of the new unit, which includes provision for a 10-bed dementia specific unit as part of the 50 bed capacity at this brand new facility.

“The site will include a 10 bed dementia specific unit as part of the 50 bed compliment in addition to the current respite bed compliment of 2 beds. These 2 beds will be inter-changeable between respite care and palliative care beds. All of the rooms in the new unit will be single bedded ensuite rooms.

“Furthermore, it has been confirmed to me that in order to facilitate clients remaining in their own home for as long as possible, in the Clifden catchment area and to avoid admission to the acute hospital in Galway, the administration of intravenous antibiotics (4) will be part of the nursing provision in the new unit. In addition to the facilities, I am also advised that day care will be provided in the new unit.

“We must ensure that there are no negative consequences for the progress of this project due to the overspend at the National Children’s Hospital. It would be important for the Minister for Health to ensure that no such delays occur with projects needed urgently outside of Dublin because of this over-run,” concluded Deputy Ó Cuív.