Minister Simon Harris officially turned the sod last week on the works beginning in Bandon Community Hospital.
The multi-million project is set to upgrade the current facilities to ensure the hospital meets all HIQA standards, adding to its current ‘centre of excellence’ status. The upgrade will comprise of 25 beds, of which 80 per cent will be single ensuite rooms with the remainder being twin ensuite rooms and a palliative care room. An increase in communal space will ensure the hospital meets the expected HIQA residential standards. This communal space will consist of two sitting rooms, a dining room, two smaller sitting areas plus a small meeting room. A new assisted bathroom and shower room will replace the current facilities, which do not meet the HIQA standards. The developments of two outdoor areas, which will be enclosed and secure, are also incorporated into the scheme. All of the above will be provided in the new build as ground floor only accommodation.
Cork South West, Fine Gael, Dáil Deputy Jim Daly is delighted that this long awaited upgrade has finally begun stating that “the hospital is a key component for the community and provides a wide range of services for the older people of Bandon town and its surrounding areas. This build will have a hugely positive impact on the staff, residents, and their families alike.”
The Deputy commends all parties involved for their efforts to date ensuring that these works would be carried out.