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Update on the Planned Construction of Phase 3C Naas General Hospital

QUESTION NO: 24

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health (Leo Varadkar)

by Deputy Anthony Lawlor

for ORAL ANSWER on 21/01/2015

To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the planned construction of Phase 3C of Naas General Hospital, County Kildare, including the much needed endoscopy unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Anthony Lawlor T.D.

REPLY.

The HSE is developing a substantial infrastructure project at Naas General Hospital which includes an endoscopy unit. The proposed project will be a two storey build. The oncology unit and the physical medicine department which includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy will be accommodated on the ground floor adjacent to the main concourse and out-patients. The endoscopy unit will be located on the next floor overhead and at the same level as and adjacent to the theatre department which is the ideal location from a patient safety, logistics and staffing viewpoint.

While some enabling works are required to the hospital infrastructure, (electrical distribution system, etc) and subject to the award of planning permission it is expected that project construction could commence in the second half of 2015.

This is a considerable infrastructure investment in Naas General Hospital and in service delivery for central and south Kildare.

ENDS