Minister marks start of construction of a new unit at Bandon Hospital

Monday 26th September 2016

The Minister for Health Simon Harris attended a tree planting ceremony this evening (Monday, 26th September) to mark the commencement of works on a new unit at Bandon Community Hospital.

This new unit will include two day rooms, a dining room, facilities for families of palliative care residents, a new clinical and therapy facilities and two enclosed gardens. Bandon Community Hospital (BCH) currently accommodates 22 patients, with 15 beds catering for long term care and the remaining seven providing convalescence, respite and palliative care. The bed complement is expected to rise to 25 once the new unit is completed.

Originally built in the 1930s, Bandon Community Hospital has undergone various extension and refurbishment programmes in the intervening years. Over €400,000 was spent on minor capital funding over the past seven years.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said: “I’m happy to officially mark the new unit at Bandon Community Hospital. I believe very strongly in local care, as close to home as possible, and that’s what the hospital here does so well. This new unit is a partnership effort, and I want to thank both the HSE and the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital, as well as the staff and the residents for their hard work in making it a reality.”

Ms. Gabrielle O’Keeffe, Head of Social Care, Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) for Cork and Kerry speaking at today’s event said: “Bandon Community Hospital is an integral part of Bandon community and plays a major role in the care of older people for the town and its hinterland. The hospital is a much valued aspect of the services delivered locally by the HSE.

Ms. O’Keeffe added: “The demand for both long term and short term care at the hospital is high as the hospital is the only provider of residential care for the town and surrounding area. I would like to the thank the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital for their continued support to the hospital over the past number of years. The Friends committee has donated €270,000 to fund the building of one of the new day rooms. We are delighted the Friends chose to make this donation. The ongoing support from the Friends through many fundraising activities is much appreciated by the Hospital and has contributed greatly to services at the Hospital.

“Staff at Bandon Community Hospital are committed to the care of residents and to continued professional development to ensure high standards of care. The philosophy of care can be summed up in the statement: “We work in our residents home, they do not live in our work place”. There are both resident and relative committees in Bandon Community Hospital which contribute to the enhancement of the daily life of the resident in the residential environment.

Last updated on: 26 / 09 / 2016