HSE CEO Visits Dingle Community Hospital



Professor Brendan Drumm, CEO of the Health Service Executive will visit the site of the new Community Hospital, An Daingean at 10.00am on Monday 23rd June 2008.   

Construction work on Dingle’s new Community Hospital is well advanced and to mark this progress, the CEO will visit the site to perform a ‘topping out’ ceremony and meet those involved in the project.

Being built at a cost of €16.4 million (€12.4m construction and €4m design fees, equipping and fitting out), the purpose built facility will comprise 68 beds; an increase of 25 beds on the current 43 bed Hospital.     The new facility is designed to incorporate three separate care modules.  Two designed primarily for continuing care and one to provide a range of community supports, including convalescent care, respite care, hospice care and direct GP admissions.

The Hospital will also comprise a day care centre for older people, a mental health day care centre and an ambulance base.  The mental health day care centre will replace the existing, smaller mental health day care centre which is located in the current community hospital and the day care centre will compliment the existing range of community based, day support services being provided throughout the peninsula by a range of voluntary organisations.

Tom Leonard, Local Health Manager said, “This is the first new, purpose built community hospital to be built in either Kerry or Cork since the Health Boards were established in the 1970’s.  The Hospital is purpose built and will provide an excellent environment for patients and staff and is a wonderful facility for people in the area to avail of for decades to come. “

When up and running, the Hospital will employ 90 people compared with 40 who are currently employed in the existing hospital. 

Annette Cremin, Matron of Dingle Community Hospital said, “We are all looking forward to the opening of the new facility.  The Hospital is built on one level with the comfort of older people in mind. This will make a big difference to the lives of patients; the new Hospital will be bright, spacious and there will be plenty of landscaped garden areas for patients to enjoy. Very importantly, people from the West Kerry area will be able to avail of long term care in their own area; something the HSE sees as a priority for all older people”.

The site was donated by the O’Connor family in Dingle, “We owe the O’Connors a huge debt of gratitude for their extremely generous gesture. The donation of this wonderful site was instrumental in making this project a reality and for that we are extremely grateful.” said Tom Leonard.

The contract for the Hospital construction was awarded to the Ennis based firm, Brian McCarthy Contractors Ltd, Ennis, Co. Clare and work began on the site in autumn 2007.    

It is anticipated that patients will transfer to the new Hospital in the Summer of 2009 upon completion of the equipping and commission of the new facility.

Last updated on: 20 / 06 / 2008