Funding has been approved for the development of New Respiratory Assessment Unit at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.
The new development will involve a two story extension, adjacent to the Emergency Department, which will provide additional clinical capacity to enhance the hospital’s Covid management pathways.
The facility will extend to in excess of 555 sqm at ground floor level and 555 sqm at first floor level.
The total cost of the project is estimated at €5.5m.
It is expected that enabling works and construction works will commence in the coming months.
Michael Knowles, General Manager at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise said: “We are very pleased to add this development to the range of ongoing improvements being undertaken at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.
“This will enhance the physical space and overall experience of patients who are attending our services.
“We would like to acknowledge the support of staff for their work on this particular project and to the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and HSE Estates who have worked with us to get it approved.”
Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming also welcomed the news – stating how the funding shows the government’s support for the hospital.
He said: “This is great news for the hospital, Portlaoise, Laois and the Midlands region.
“Many people have breathing, respiratory and lung problems and this new unit will be of major benefit to them.
“It is expected that enabling works and construction works will commence in the coming months.
“This major capital investment is proof of the Governments continued support for Portlaoise Hospital. This will enhance and improve services for the people of the region into the future.
“This should help people who have any concerns about the future of Portlaoise Hospital, to look at the reality of this commitment which is a vote of confidence in the staff and the hospital.
“Actions speak louder than words.”