New HSE refurbished centres officially opened in Cavan and Monaghan

On 12th of September Minister Daly, officially opened newly refurbished Residential Care Services at Virginia Community Health Centre, Cavan and St Mary’s Residential Care Centre Castleblaney, Monaghan.


Virginia Community Health Centre, Residential Services

The residential unit at Virginia Community Health Care was opened originally in 2003.  In October 2014 extensive building works were completed consisting of a new extension to the unit and then refurbishment works began on the original building which were completed in January 2015.  This has resulted in increasing the number of beds available from 31 to 56. These are being opened on a phased basis. It is expected that the unit will be fully operational by year end 2017.  The refurbishment works include the conversion of multi-occupancy room to twin occupancy rooms.


A day care service is also in operation at the unit which accommodates up to 14 clients daily.  

There are currently a total of 72 staff employed in the Centre. These consist of a mix of nursing staff, Health Care Assistants, Home-maker, Chefs, Cleaning & Catering staff, Clerical / admin, hairdresser and the Management Team.


Speaking at the launch the Assistant Director of Nursing at Virginia Community Health Centre, Bernardine Lynch stated’. “On behalf of the residents and staff here at Virginia Community Health Centre we are delighted to celebrate this opening today.   When fully operational the unit will accommodate 50 residents in long term care and 6 in short term care.”


St Mary’s Residential Care Centre Castleblaney

St Mary’s Residential Care centre was the original workhouse for the Castleblaney area. The HSE took over the running of the unit in 2000 from the Mercy Order of Nuns.


In October 2012 an extensive refurbishment programme of works was undertaken.  This consisted of a complete restructuring of the interior from 6 bedded bays to single and double rooms and the formation of 3 houses within this structure i.e. Dromore House 25 beds, Drumlin House 24 beds and Lorgan House 21 beds all with ensuite.  This refurbishment was completed in November 2015.   This was a very strategic process as residents were still living in St. Mary’s while the works were in progress.


The unit is now 70 bedded which is made up of 62 long term care beds and 8 respite beds. It also has a dementia specific unit with 21 beds within this.  

St Marys is unique is that it also has a licensed bar.


There are currently a total of 116 staff employed to run the centre. This consists of an Assistant Director of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Managers, Nursing staff, Health Care Assistants, Catering staff, Activities Coordinator, Clerical officers, Maintenance and Laundry.  


Speaking at the launch the Assistant Director of Nursing at St Mary’s Residential Care Centre, Margaret McNally stated “We are delighted to welcome the Minister here today to open our newly refurbished Centre. This refurbishment would not have taken place without the help, support and cooperation of Residents, Staff, HR, Estates and Contractors and I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank them all for allowing us to reach this day and I think this is very visible to all that St. Mary’s is now state of the art Centre with a welcoming homely atmosphere throughout.


Frank Morrison, Head of Service, Social Care for Community Heatlhcare Organisation (CHO) Area 1, which covers Cavan and Monaghan Community Services thanked all involved in bringing both projects to fruition “These are two major developments with regards to the provision of care for older persons in Cavan/Monaghan area and I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication.  The care provided at both these units is based on partnerships between residents, families and healthcare providers in achieving safe, easily accessible, timely and high quality care.”


Minister Daly officially opened both units stating “I am delighted to be here today to formally open both of these refurbished units.  The provision of these additional beds for Cavan/Monaghan Older Persons Services will significantly reduce the ongoing issues with regards to delayed discharges in the acute hospitals.  It will also reduce the waiting lists for long term care placements, and provide essential respite care services to the older population of Cavan/Monaghan.  These units are wonderful examples of excellent care provided to the elderly in our community and I trust they will serve generations to come.”

Last updated on: 14 / 09 / 2017