Revealed: Waterford health projects to benefit from €7.3m allocated for 2020
Funding for a second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) has been promised as part of the Health Service Executive’s National Service Plan for 2020.
The HSE plans to have the cath lab constructed by the end of next year and fully operational by early 2021, at a total cost of €2.6 million.
A total of €7.3 million has been set aside for projects specific to Waterford under the plan which was released this week.
Spending on essential local services will increase as the Health Service Executive (HSE) promises additional home care hours and a home support scheme of up to 230,000 hours nationally beyond the 2019 levels.
The plan also provides for additional personal assistance hours and additional emergency residential places across the country.
As part of the 2020 plan, the 100 bed Community Nursing Unit (CNU) at St Patrick’s Hospital in John’s Hill will open at a cost of €25.2 million.
The new facility will replace beds currently provided in St Patrick’s and St Otteran’s Hospitals. These beds include 20 psychiatry of later life beds and 80 long stay elderly beds. The HSE is providing €800,000 in 2020 to see the project to completion.
Some €4.54 million is being provided to upgrade UHW’s fire safety and emergency lighting systems.
A further €500,000 is being set aside to complete the new €31.7 million inpatient block which will provide an additional 48 beds for acute services and palliative care.
The plan also commits to having the new 20 bed Palliative Care Unit fully operational next year. However, no costs were provided in the plan as it was developed in partnership with a local charity.
There was no mention in the National Service Plan of funding or a timeline for the provision of the new mortuary at UHW.
Overall, the HSE’s National Plan for 2020 has a budget of €17.4 billion.