Varadkar & Burton confirm plans for new 100 bed Nursing Unit at Connolly Hospital

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Dublin West TD and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Joan Burton have announced plans for a new 100 bed nursing unit at Connolly Hospital to replace the existing Woodlands and Silver Birch centres.

“I’m delighted to confirm plans for a brand new 100 bed nursing unit at Connolly Hospital. It will replace the two units at Woodlands and Silver Birch and will have enough room to take many more residents from across the northwest Dublin area. This is a great development for residents at the two units and also for elderly people across the constituency,” Minister Varadkar said.

“Funding has been set aside in the HSE Capital Plan to design the new 100 bed unit, which will be built on the grounds of Connolly Hospital. In the meantime, the HSE will aim to keep Woodlands and Silver Birch open until the new unit is available.”

Local TD, Tánaiste Joan Burton welcomed the development and said: “This major investment will result in upgraded and improved facilities, which will be of real benefit to elderly residents from the community. I am pleased too that the staff of Connolly Hospital, who work incredibly hard to provide an excellent service, will soon reap the benefit of this new project.

“This funding represents a strong vote of confidence in Connolly Hospital, which we have worked very hard to support in government.”

There was concern over the future of Woodlands and Silver Birch when the Health Information & Quality Authority announced that it would only register them as nursing units up to June 2015. However, the HSE is developing a plan to re-register the units with HIQA next year, and the plans for a new 100 bed unit provides long term security for all existing and future residents.

The HSE has confirmed today that it is ‘now in the process of developing a plan involving some infrastructural improvements with a view to achieving re-registration of these units in June 2015. Families and all key stakeholders will be kept fully up to speed on all developments and plans’.