€3.1m plan for Curragh’s St Brigids Hospice

The Friends of St. Brigids Hospice at the launch of a new upgrade at Hotel Keadeen. Martin Heydon, TD, Eileen McDonald, Chairperson, Comdt. Dermot Earley, Ronan Rose-Robert, Architect, Michael Knowles, General Manager HSE, Col. John Courtney, Treasurer and Jackie Taylor, Secretary.  Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
Plans for a €3.1 million revamp of St Brigids Hopsice to include five new beds and a day care centre by 2015 were announced last week.

Plans for a €3.1 million revamp of St Brigids Hopsice to include five new beds and a day care centre by 2015 were announced last week.

The project, which is to start in early 2014, will see the Hospice in the Curragh closed for the year and staff temporarily redployed elsewhere until it is completed.

The plans were unveiled at the Friends of St Brigids Hospice AGM which was held in the Keadeen Hotel on Thursday, October 17 last.

“The new rooms will bring up the number of rooms to 12 at the Hospice,” said chairperson Eileen McDonald. “There will be new therapy rooms, a contemplation room, a day care centre and an overall improvement in the patient rooms as well as new offices. To facilitate this work the staff will be relocated until the building is ready to move back into. The Hospice is not closing down - it will still operate but services will be provided elsewhere. It is hoped that work will commence in early 2014 to be completed by 2015.”

According to Eileen the finance for the new building is down to fundraising and local generosity.

“Fundraising and the generosity of the public in Kildare and West Wicklow has provided the €3.1 million required,” she said.

“The yearly operation of the Hospice will go up from €300k a year to €500K for maintenance and services and that will be provided by the HSE.”

At the launch of the new upgrade to provide the 12 bed units and day care centre were Martin Heydon, TD, Comdt Dermot Early, Architect Ronan Rose-Robert, General Manager of the HSE Micheal Knowles.

The Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice and Home Care Services is a voluntary organisation that supports palliative hospice and home care for the terminally ill.

- Paula Campbell