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Limerick gets €32.5m health service funds


Funding of €32.5m for major healthcare facilitIes and a new ambulance service in Limerick East has been welcomed by Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea. He said he was pleased that Limerick East had benefited from the allocation of funds by the Government for healthcare facilities and services in this year's Capital Programme.

"The funding will mean much needed health projects, facilities and units that will benefit the people of Limerick East and it is a hugely significant amount of money which will go along way. It also means a site for a new ambulance station has been found and work can get underway immediately at a cost of €1.5m," he said.

Some of the projects that will be developed include a child development centre which will provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children with developmental problems.

A new multi-purpose community care and primary healthcare facility in Dooradoyle will be constructed at a cost of €6m to replace the existing facility.

Accommodation for 12 beds, including four respite beds, will be provided for patients with alzheimers and dementia at St.Ita's Hospital at a cost of €2.17m.

A dedicated high observation unit for 10 patients will be constructed at Mid-Western Regional Hospital at a cost of €5.25m and a regional specialist breast unit will also be developed at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital costing €2.4m.

The ENT ward at the Regional Hospital will also get a major refurbishment and extension to provide an upgraded 22-bed ward there.

Junior Minister for Health Tim O'Malley also welcomed the funding.

"The massively increased resources channelled into Limerick's health services taken together with the ongoing system reforms will mean that local patients will get treatment on a par with the best anywhere," her said.

Deputy O'Malley confirmed that the emphasis in this round of funding was on carein-the-community and offering the maximum range of non-hospital services to be delivered at locallevel.


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