Funding has been approved to replace St Patrick's Hospital in Cashel and plans are being made on the futures of other HSE owned buildings in the town.
Ms Kate Killeen-White, Head of Social Care Services with the HSE, has informed Cllr Tom Wood that issues raised by him at Regional Health Forum Meetings over the past few months relating to the proposed replacement of Saint Patricks Community Nursing Home in Cashel with a new development to meet HIQA standards by 2021 will be addressed in the coming weeks.
HSE Social Care personnel, the General Manager for Older People and the Manager of Services for Older People in South Tipperary will meet with stakeholders and elected representatives.
Replying to questions tabled at the November Health Forum meeting on plans to utilise the former lodge at Saint Patricks Hospital, the gate lodge at Our Ladys Hospital and the derelict former doctors residence at Old Road, Cashel, he was advised that, “the National Capital Committee has approved funding to replace Saint Patricks Hospital. As part of the redevelopment of this site the former lodge building may need to be considered. It will be factored into the overall design brief as appropriate.
“The gate lodge at Our Ladys Health Campus was surveyed by an external property caretaking service in 2016 and given the condition of the building it was deemed to be uninhabitable at the time.
“The former doctor's residence at Old Road has been sold to the Department of Education and Skills. The contract was signed in September 2017 and closing documents are being prepared with the close of the sale due by year end.”
In cautiously welcoming the decision to factor in the lodge at Saint Patricks in the overall design for the new Community Nursing Home project Cllr Wood said that it was vitally important that it was not left to deterriorate like the gate lodge at Our Lady's. He informed the meeting that the lodge and main hospital building at Our Ladys Complex were both protected structures.