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Bandon Hospital extension is opened by Minister Daly

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 4:58pm

The official opening of the extension to Bandon Community Hospital took place this week.

Minister for Older People Jim Daly officially cut a ribbon at the €3.5 million facility, which has been home to residents since earlier this year.

The new facility, which replaces much older wards on the same site, has 25 beds. There are two double ensuite rooms and 21 beds are in single ensuite rooms, so that older people living in the facility have their own private and comfortable space.

Minister Daly said: “This is a fantastic day for Bandon Community Hospital, they have been waiting nearly 50 years for this day, and I am very proud to be here today as Minister with Responsibility for Older People to perform the official opening.

“I want to pay a special tribute to the friends of the hospital who have worked so hard over the years to keep this development on the agenda and who have campaigned tirelessly to get us where we are today. To all of the former and currents members of the group, I say a sincere thank you, I hope you are all rightly very proud people today. I must also congratulate the HSE for progressing this beautiful facility from planning the site to picking the paint colours on the walls, it is truly a fantastic outcome for all.”

The event was also addressed by Director of Nursing Breda Donovan, Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Ger Reaney and a representative of the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital. Residents have been in their new home since February, and they were a central part of Tuesday's event.

Mr Reaney thanked all those involved at every stage of making the new facility a reality, including the planning, construction and transfer.

“I’d like to thank our own staff in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, and of course the residents and their families for working with us,” he said.

Ms Donovan said that the residents are benefitting hugely from the new facility: “The next extension allows us to provide person-centred care for residents in a homely environment. Compassionate care is provided in a dignified manner, thanks to the new single rooms.”

The ribbon-cutting was attended by many of the residents of the unit, and they also presented Minister Daly with a memento of the occasion.

The Bandon facility is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the country, and every part of the facility was designed with the residents in mind. Rooms have flat-screen televisions and high-tech hoists, and many residents chose their own rooms and colour schemes.

A dementia ward called Butterfly Lane features an enclosed courtyard, so that residents can enjoy time outdoors safely. Tributes were paid at the event to the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital group, who fundraised to provide the bright and airy new day room located at the front of the hospital.

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