Minister Harris turns the sod at Milford with Mayor Kieran O'Hanlon and Bryan Quille Picture: Keith Wiseman
MINISTER for Health Simon Harris officially turned the sod at Milford Care Centre this Monday, to mark the commencement of an €11m expansion of the facility.
Minister Harris commended those involved in delivering a new 34-bed specialist palliative care unit at the care centre, which is due to be completed by December 2017. This will mark the 40th anniversary of the centre.
The development will also include an enhancement and expansion to the existing nursing home.
“Successful development of palliative care services in Ireland has been based on a long standing tradition of positive engagement between the voluntary and statutory sectors," he said.
"Milford Care Centre has played a vital role in this by collaborating with the HSE in a very positive way on a range of fronts to strengthen the provision of palliative care.
“I am delighted to be present at today’s ceremony and I want to pay a special tribute to the staff and volunteers at the Hospice who help to ease what can be a very difficult time for patients and families,” he said.
Commenting on the new project, Milford Care Centre chief executive, Pat Quinlan said that the project will help the facility deliver “more responsive and ready access” for patients in the future.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to our many supporters for helping to make this project a reality and we thank the Minister for taking time out of his busy schedule to be with us today on this special occasion for palliative care service provision in the Mid-West.”
The cost of the new hospice is €11m. The care centre has committed €9.2m, with support from the JP McManus Benevolent Fund. An application has been made for a €1.8m from the HSE to fund the balance.