Press Release

An Tánaiste and Minister for Health announce significant capital development for the National Rehabilitation Hospital on its campus in Dún Laoghaire

The Sisters of Mercy, Board of Management, patients and staff of the National Rehabilitation Hospital are delighted to welcome the announcement made by an Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD and the Minister for Health, Dr    James Reilly, which confirmed a significant capital development on the    campus of the existing hospital. This development, which is a partnership    between the HSE and the NRH Foundation, would see the existing 120 bed facility at the NRH replaced by a new 120 bed facility including    integrated therapy services. This facility which would be purpose built, specifically to accommodate the needs of those requiring complex    specialist rehabilitation services and would comply with best    international practice and SARI guidelines.

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health, in announcing this development    said For far too long, patients who required    prolonged rehabilitation have been receiving excellent care in an    environment that falls well short of that. The lack of privacy in the    current facility will now be addressed through this state of the art    modern development providing best care in the best environment.”    

The Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore said “The National Rehabilitation    Hospital is a landmark institution. It is part of our history and, with    this major redevelopment of the 120 bed facility, it marks a new phase in    our future. A future where health services are built around the needs of    patients, at every stage of their rehabilitation and recovery. The    development of a world class rehabilitation hospital for Ireland has a key    role in this objective, and it is a statement of our values, even in these    very straitened times.”

The Chairman, Henry Murdoch also welcomed this long overdue development    by stating “At last we will have a modern new facility that will be    purpose built and designed to meet the needs of all our patients. It will    be a major enhancement to rehabilitation services in the country and will    have a direct and significant impact on patient recovery by providing an    optimal ward and therapeutic environment for their treatment in the NRH.”    

Mr Murdoch added “We are particularly delighted that even in the    current economic climate, that this development has been prioritised and    actioned by the Government.”

An architect led Design Feasibility Study has been completed on behalf    of the HSE which demonstrates that the hospital can continue to provide    the existing level of services at all times during the redevelopment. The    HSE, in partnership with the National Rehabilitation Hospital will now    proceed with appointment of a Design Team.

The National Rehabilitation Hospital celebrated its 50th year as the    national provider of complex specialised rehabilitation services for    patients from throughout Ireland in 2011.


As the project is at an early stage of development tenders have not    been issued. More definitive costs will only be known after valid tenders    are evaluated. Estimated costs are commercially sensitive and it is not    proposed to release estimates.

The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is a voluntary hospital that    provides a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient Complex    Specialised Rehabilitation Services (CSRS) for adult and paediatric    patients. The NRH serves patients from throughout Ireland, who have    acquired a physical or cognitive disability as a result of an accident,    illness or injury.

Complex Specialised Rehabilitation Services (CSRS)

Some specific examples of injury or illness associated with CSRS    include:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Severe neurological illness or injury (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis,      Guillain Barre Syndrome)
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amputation or limb loss
  • Persons with challenging behavioural manifestations.

At NRH, care to patients is delivered by Interdisciplinary Teams and is    designed around Rehabilitation Programmes and individual patient need.

Rehabilitation Programmes are tailored to meet the individual needs of    patients with complex disability, associated with:

  • Brain Injury (including traumatic and non-traumatic brain      injury, Stroke, and other neurological conditions)
  • Spinal Cord System of Care (including traumatic and      non-traumatic spinal cord injury)
  • Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR)
  • Paediatric-Family Centred Rehabilitation

The NRH is externally accredited by CARF (Commission for Accreditation    for Rehabilitation Facilities), an internationally recognised, independent    accreditation system.

All of our Clinical Programmes are delivered by Consultants Led    Interdisciplinary Teams. Our focus is to provide personalised treatment    programmes dedicated to returning patients to the highest level of    independence possible following their injury / Illness.