Fine Gael Senator, Frank Feighan, has said that the official appointment a Design Team for the €7.85m Medical Rehabilitation Unit at Roscommon Hospital is a critical milestone for the project.
“Funding of more than €560,000 has now been approved to move to the design phase of this capital development. This new 20-bed unit will operate as a satellite centre under the auspices of the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire and will provide intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation to patients based in the West of Ireland.
“This new 20-bed unit will be of huge benefit to patients in this region. It will enable the treatment of patients from the West at Roscommon Hospital who would have previously been treated at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dublin.
“With such a clear demand for this facility, I have been pushing very hard for this development at Roscommon Hospital. Almost a quarter of patients treated at the NRH in Dublin normally reside in the West, as currently there are no dedicated rehab units in this region.
“As the NRH is the only comprehensive rehabilitation facility in the Republic of Ireland for patients with physical and cognitive impairments, the Roscommon facility will certainly relieve pressure on existing services and will allow patients to be treated in their own community.
“Aside from the employment which will be created during the construction phase, it is also important to say that once the Rehab Unit becomes fully operational, it will create 25 jobs initially and up to 50 jobs when all phases are complete.”