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Plans submitted for 60 bed 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.

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com

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