Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (259)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

388 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Health and Children when the refurbishment to New Haughton Hospital, New Ross, will commence, as promised by the Minister of State, Deputy Callely, during his visit to the hospital in 2003; if a specific allowance has been made by his Department for this work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2911/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

As the Deputy will be aware, responsibility for the provision of health services in New Ross rests with the South Eastern Health Board in the first instance. The board has advised that upgrading of the kitchen, the provision of lighting to the entrance to the hospital and associated works at New Haughton Hospital have been completed with funding provided by my Department under the national development plan.

In 2003 the board carried out work to resolve problems with dampness in the patient care areas, roof repairs and a coverway to the laundry area and the funding for these maintenance works was met from within the board's existing resources. A number of other works such as the rewiring of the hospital and improving the patient bathing facilities are being examined by the board with a view to progressing these works.

In the course of my recent visit the submission to my Department for approval to replace the lift and staircase and provide a new reception area was brought to my attention. My Department is examining the submission and will continue to work with the South Eastern Health Board in progressing this project in line with the board's priorities and funding resources available. Following my visit, I met a delegation from the hospital. I will continue to work closely with the board regarding the progressing of this project.