Local TD Ollie Wilkinson last night described it as a very positive development for the area.It’s just one of several investments earmarked for Waterford and the south-east, among them an extension to the casualty department at Waterford Regional Hospital and a revamp of its oncology unit.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) is free to advertise for tenders to build the new hospital.
Mr Wilkinson said the go-ahead comes just a few weeks after it was announced that over €10m has been allocated to the new hospital over the next three years as part of the HSE’s capital investment programme.
“The new 32-bed hospital will replace the existing district hospital and provide GP access beds, convalescent care, respite care, care for the terminally ill and short-term accommodation for dependent, chronically-ill young people.
“Its mission will be to provide local non-acute services to complement the services in the acute general hospital.
“The e10m capital envelope will also cover the new 15-place day hospital services for the elderly. It will enable older people to continue to live at home and to avoid hospital admission.
“It is proposed that the day hospital in Dungarvan will be managed and staffed by the elderly care team in Waterford Regional Hospital,” said Mr Wilkinson.
He said €32m is to be spent on healthcare projects in Waterford over the next three years.
“Included in that spend are St Enda’s psychiatric ward, which is to be replaced with a new building costing €1.2m, the medical oncology ward in Waterford Regional Hospital, which is to be refurbished costing €1.5m, and the accident and emergency department in Waterford Regional Hospital, which is to be expanded with a €2m grant.
“The hospital is also to get extra parking spaces. The Government has committed huge resources to Waterford,” he added.