Plans submitted for 60 bed community nursing unit at Merlin Park Hospital

Galway Daily news Plans submitted for community nursing unit at Merlin Park Hospital

The HSE has submitted plans for the construction of a 60 bed community nursing unit on the grounds of Merlin Park Hospital.

The proposed nursing unit will be a part one-storey, part two-storey building for community and residential care with 60 ensuite bedrooms.

This includes a dedicated 10 bedroom dementia unit to be housed in a single storey block.

Other facilities which will make up the new unit include dining rooms, residents areas, visitors room and family overnight room, treatment rooms, a hairdresser’s salon and more.

Design and landscaping elements to make the unit more comfortable for residents include balconies and an internal courtyard area.

The unit will have a floor space of 5,100sqm, and the total development in the planning application encompasses a 1.8ha site.

Before any work can begin the HSE would have to demolish several buildings already on the site including a carpenter’s workshop, storerooms, and a vacant former nurses accommodation building.

Public submissions concerning this development can be made to the city council until March 18, and a decision is due on this planning application by April 4.