A significant extension of Naas General Hospital is in the pipeline and will lead to an upgrade of services provided at the facility.
A planning application for a new endoscopy/day services department, oncology and physical medicine departments and associated mechanical and engineering plant has been lodged with Kildare County Council.
The 25,581 square feet extension will be built in a two storey over basement extension on the Craddockstown site of the hospital, close to the administration department near the main entrance.
A HSE spokeswoman declined to comment on the plans.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment until a decision is made. Otherwise the HSE might be seen as trying to influence the planning process,” she told the Leader. The HSE has already paid planning fees of €11,000 to Kildare County Council.
The council is due to decide on the project by the end of November.
The new building is being designed by a Dublin-based firm of architects with a host of completed health-related assignments to its name, including projects at Naas Hospital. The proposed extension represents a 12% increase to the current size of the hospital and is effectively the same development which got the green light in late 2003. This not proceed at the time due to “funding difficulties”
According to the planning papers lodged with the local authority, the project will not lead to an increase in patients and there will be no need to recruit additional staff. An estimated 34 car parking spaces will be lost when the building work is completed and it’s not intended to replace these immediately; however there is scope to create an extra 40 parking spaces elsewhere within the hospital campus, if needed.