€24 million Peamount facility to be completed by April 2019

By Brendan Grehan

THE NEW 100 bed unit at Peamount Healthcare in Newcastle is expected to be completed by April 2019.

The €24 million development is co-funded by the sale of lands belonging to Peamount Healthcare and a significant capital investment from the Health Service Executive, reports Brendan Grehan.

Peamount Healthcare, an independent voluntary organisation, dates back to 1912 when the facility opened as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium. 

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The new Peamount facility under construction

It quickly became the largest such unit in Ireland and developed as a centre of excellence delivering high quality care to patients and service users and this ethos continues.

In the 1960’s Peamount changed service direction and opened residential services for Intellectual Disability. 

Since that time services have expanded and developed and now include: rehabilitation care for respiratory and age related conditions, residential Services for Long Stay Neurological Disability, residential Services for Long Stay Age Related Conditions, residential Services for Intellectual Disability and community outpatient services.

Operating in partnership with the HSE, Peamount Healthcare currently has 219 beds between campus and community services with a headcount of 540 employees.

The new building will provide 50 replacement Older Persons residential beds in addition to a new 50 bed rehabilitation unit. 

This development will be a support to the acute hospital system for the early transfer of patients for follow on care.

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