On Wednesday representatives from HSE West and Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation met to sign the contract with the preferred bidder for the new refurbishment and extension works for the female ward at Ballina District Hospital.
Construction on the new refurbishment and extension works will commence this month at a cost of more than €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 to the female ward. The extension will have a total floor area of 84sq m and will consist of a two bed high dependency unit ward room with en suite facility, a visitor room with enclosed garden space adjacent, a sluice room, three en suite bathrooms to service existing wards, together with additional parking facilities and an ambulance set down area. The fabric of the building is also being totally upgraded.
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 the 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.”