Press Release

Capital Development at Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital, Clontarf, Dublin

Mr Ivor Callely TD, Minister for Older People, today (10 September, 2002) announced approval for the establishment of a design team for Phase II of a major capital development at the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland. He was speaking at the “Open Day” organised by the Hospital.

Phase I of the development was completed in 1996 and consisted of two replacement wards of 64 places for the secondary rehabilitation of older persons.

The proposed Phase II development includes the replacement of 32 orthopaedic rehabilitation beds and the relocation of paramedical services, outpatients department and associated clinical and non-clinical services. Also included is the development of an additional 64-bed secondary rehabilitation unit for older persons. This development will increase the total bed complement of the hospital to 160 beds in line with the Government’s health strategy to increase bed capacity.

The development will help ease pressures on the North Dublin acute beds in Beaumont, the Mater and James Connolly Memorial Hospitals and reflects the emphasis on the provision of a modern hospital facility to meet the needs of its catchment area. “I have no doubt”, the Minister said, “that this development will allow the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland to continue its important role in the provision of specialised hospital services in the Eastern Region”.