Representatives from HSE West and Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation have signed the contract with the preferred bidder for refurbishment and extension works in the female ward at Ballina District Hospital.
Construction on the new refurbishment and extension works will commence this month at a cost of over €1 million of which €250,000 is being provided by the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. The works are due to be completed in August 2014.
The works will involve the refurbishment and extension of the female ward. The extension will have a total floor area of 84sq.m and will consist of a two-bed high dependency unit wardroom with an ensuite facility, a visitor room with enclosed garden space adjacent, a sluice room, 3 ensuite bathrooms to service existing wards together with additional parking facilities and an ambulance set down area.
The fabric of the building is being totally upgraded to include:
• Reroofing of the building with traditional Blue Bangor slates
• Upgrade of insulation to roof and walls
• Replacement of existing windows
• Replacement of mechanical and electrical installations
• Upgrade of sanitary facilities
• Provision of new floor covering and decoration throughout.
Frank Murphy, Area Manager, Mayo said: “This is a significant development for the hospital and will greatly enhance the delivery of services at Ballina District Hospital.
“It will significantly contribute to the quality of life of the patients and clients receiving care and treatment at the hospital. On behalf of the hospital and staff I would like to acknowledge and pay tribute to the commitment and generosity of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation for their contribution in funding towards the refurbishment and extension works at Hospital”.
Cynthia Clampett CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation said: “We are very aware of the excellent care being provided for patients by the staff at HSE West’s Ballina District Hospital and our Foundation has been supporting patients under Palliative Care at the hospital for many years.
“The Specialist Palliative Home Care Nurses work closely with their colleagues at Ballina District Hospital to ensure that patients with life limiting illnesses receive the best possible care”.
The works for this new development at Ballina District Hospital are being undertaken under the following design team:
Architect – John Halligan Architects
Quantity Surveyor – Peter Costello & Partners
Mechanical & Electrical Consultant – Meed Building Services
Main Contractor – Bourke Builders (Ballina) Ltd
Ballina District Hospital
Ballina District Hospital is a 62-bed Hospital and provides step down facilities for patients discharged from Mayo General Hospital who require a further period of convalescence before being discharged home or being identified as requiring a Long Stay Bed in a Community Nursing Unit.
The hospital also provides out-patient clinics such as surgical, medical, pediatric and orthopedic by visiting consultants.
The hospital also receives direct admissions from GPs in the catchment area and GPs may refer patients for physiotherapy and x-ray appointments.