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109 Extra Medical Staff For Ultra-Modern 40 Bed Unit At Clonmel Hospital

Photo L-R: Maria Barry (General Manager STGH), Prof. Peter Murchan (Consultant General Surgeon), Dr Marcela Lanzinger (Intensive Care Consultant), Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry, Marita McGrath (Clinical Nurse Manager).

It has taken just 11 months from the arrival of builders on site to the point where they will officially hand over the new finished unit at South Tipperary General Hospital tomorrow, January 16th, 2020. The completely finished project has cost approximately €20m, with construction costs coming in at just under €10m. The unit will be fitted out to the very highest of standards with each room deemed to be ‘gold standard’.

To date a staff of 109, including nurses, health care assistants and related staff have been employed for the new unit with the recruitment of additional physiotherapy, speech and language and other speciality services in the pipeline.

“The reality is that seeing is believing” said Prof. Peter Murchan, Consultant General Surgeon at South Tipperary General Hospital as he proudly led a tour of this new 40 bed facility at the hospital on Monday last. Acknowledging that many had said it could not be done, he emphasised that the state-of-the-art facility is due to the ‘enormous hands on commitment’ of Deputy Michael Lowry, latter who networked with both the Departments of Health & Finance, to push this project forward.

‘Michael Lowry has been a tremendous driver of this project and, without his help, it could not have been done in such a timely fashion or, indeed, not done at all. We are extremely grateful to him’, said the esteemed Consultant, adding ‘Credit where credit is due to Michael’.

The ultra-modern 40 bed unit at the Clonmel Hospital comprises an overall 3,300sq.m. area, 1,700 sq m of which is working floor area. It is a two-storey building, designed and erected by E.S.S. (Extra Space Solutions) with 20 single rooms on the lower level Surgical area and the same number of individual rooms on the upper level Medical floor. All rooms provide for isolation care if required, as well as greatly assisting the hospital in helping to provide a solution to serious over-crowding in the Emergency Department and main hospital, while also increasing the capacity to provide elective procedures.

Speaking on the first tour of the new facility on Monday, Deputy Lowry said that the Hospital has been under serious pressure, adding that “This is the first real investment it has had in many years and it will secure the hospital into the future”.

Giving credit to the partnership approach involved in bringing the project to fruition, Deputy Lowry said that there are still those out there who say that this project couldn’t or wouldn’t happen, “but here it is and I am delighted to have played a role in it”, he concluded.

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