HSE developments going ahead
in Leitrim

The HSE have updated their Capital Plan for the next three years and developments in Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Carrick-on-Shannon are on the agenda.

The HSE have updated their Capital Plan for the next three years and developments in Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Carrick-on-Shannon are on the agenda.

Despite the overspend on hospitals and the increasing cutbacks in the HSE, three projects for the county are still on the agenda to be completed in 2013 and 2014.

The upgrade of the Ambulance Station in Manorhamilton has been completed according to the report and is now operational. Manorhamilton is also among the primary care facilities approved for this year and which is expected to be completed early next year. The project is currently at tender stage.

The 20 bed Community Nursing Unit in Ballinamore is also moving along, it is also at tender stage and is expected to be completed by the end of next year, according to the HSE plan. The unit will be co-located with the Primary Care centre on the campus.

In Carrick-on-Shannon plans are at the design stage for a project that will provide accommodation to “enable the development of community based mental health services.” This project will be facilitated in accordance with the recommendations contained in ‘A Vision for Change.’ This facility is expected to be completed by 2014.

In Sligo General Hospital the installation of replacement radiology equipment plus a new PACS system has been completed this year. There are plans to develop the hospital further by 2015 and Nazareth House is expected to be refurbished by 2014.

The HSE also said enabling works for the relocation of existing acute mental health accommodation to Galway University Hospital will commence in 2013.

It said it was likely to be early 2014 before builders were on site for the development of the new Central Mental Hospital in north Dublin.