Minister for Health visits National Rehabilitation Hospital
Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. today visited the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire, and was updated on progress being made on planned new facilities for the campus.
The new development will deliver a 120 bed ward block, including support therapies to paediatrics, acquired brain injury (ABI) wards, an hydrotherapy unit and a sports hall. Planning permission is already in place and it is expected that tenders from contractors for the main works will be returned in February 2017.
Speaking at the Hospital, Minister Harris said, “I believe these new facilities will help make a real difference in the lives of children and adults living with acquired brain injuries, as well as their families. I’m glad to reaffirm my commitment both to the NRH and to the ongoing improvement of neuro-rehabilitation services for people who need them. I know that when patients come to avail of these services they do so often in difficult circumstances where patients and families are facing a major change in their lives. I want to ensure that the best possible services are available to them. I also want to acknowledge the dedication of the staff working here, who work so hard for their patients, and thank them for everything they do.”
The Programme for Partnership Government places a particular focus on a number of key programmes and strategies, including publishing a plan for advancing neuro-rehabilitation services in the community. The National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015 made a number of recommendations for services for people with rehabilitation needs. The Strategy also covered a range of supports including clinical, therapeutic, social, vocational and community supports for these people.
The HSE’s recently published National Service Plan 2017 commits to finalising and progressing implementation of this Strategy.
Other plans, as announced by Minister Harris recently, include funding to the design / planning stage of a specialist rehabilitation unit to at Roscommon University Hospital in association with the NRH. The project would deliver 20 beds and therapy suite accommodation.