€6.45 million in capital expenditure on key major health projects in Laois has been announced for 2021.
These figures, for five different projects, are contained in the National Health Capital Plan for 2021.
The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is set to receive the largest portion – €4.66million.
This is to include works on a Respiratory Assessment Unit, additional clinical and administration accommodation, AMHU anti-ligature works, provision of nine isolation units and reconfiguration of the maternity ward.
€950,000 has been allocated to St Vincent’s Hospital in Mountmellick for a new building to increase bed capacity.
Mountrath Health Centre is to get €340,000 to provide an extension and additional accommodation.
St Fintan’s Hospital, Portlaoise is to receive €300,000 for new primary care centre and refurbishment works for the Child and Adolescent Unit (CAMHS).
While €200,000 is going to Maryborough Residential Centre, Portlaoise to provide single en suite accommodation.
Minister for State Sean Fleming confirmed the news.
The Laois TD said: “I’ve been speaking in person with the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, on these matters over recent months and he has confirmed to me that the funding has now been approved.
“In addition to the above major capital works there are also works currently underway at the hospital in Portlaoise and at the hospital in Abbeyleix.
“This funding demonstrates our absolute commitment to improving the health services in Laois for all people in the county and surrounding areas who use these facilities.
“I will continue to fight for and use my position in Government to ensure improved health services in Portlaoise and Laois.”