Press Release

Construction of 120 bedded unit at St Vincent’s Hospital to go ahead

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D. confirmed today (Monday, April 6th) that the 120 bedded unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, which will include dedicated facilities for cystic fibrosis patients, will proceed to tender and the unit will be operational as early as possible in 2011.

This project will proceed on the basis that payment will be made at the end of the construction phase. This is a different way of funding this project as it involves the construction company financing the development up to the final phase of construction. The method previously envisaged for this project would have involved staged payments throughout the construction period.

This unit will accommodate many other patients whose medical requirements necessitate single en suite facilities and reflects best practice in terms of infection control.

The Minister said “I am very pleased that an innovative way has been found to deliver this project. As I stated recently, in the current challenging environment we need to find new solutions and this is one of them. This project has always been a priority and never ceased to be so. I want to see it progressing now with urgency.”