Deputy Frank Feighan is expected to turn the sod signalling the official start of work on the €6m Ballinamore Community Hospital and Primary Care Centre.
The sod turning is expected to take place at 3pm this Friday and Deputy Feighan said he was delighted to see construction begin.
He told the Leitrim Observer that he expected the new hospital to open in a year’s time. “This development will be of huge benefit to the people of Ballinamore and surrounding areas,” he said.
The 20,000 square foot building on a seven and a half acre site will not just incorporate a 20 bed Community Hospital but also a modern purpose built Primary Care Centre and a Day Care Unit.
The Primary Care Centre (PCC) will provide accommodation for members of the South Leitrim Primary Care Team, including GPs, Public Health Nurses, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Chiropody and dental healthcare facilities.
Multi-disciplinary bookable clinic rooms for visiting professionals including Dietician, Speech and Language Therapist, Psychologist and Community Mental Health Services will also be available in the centre.
Local councillors Gordon Hughes and Caillian Ellis have welcomed the news, describing the development as a real boon for the local community and surrounding area.