THE Irish Cancer Society has won planning permission to build a ‘Daffodil’ support centre at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.
Limerick County Council has given the charity the green light to extend the ground floor of the hospital to provide for an information centre, which will see cancer information, support and advice facilities.
The development will consist of a social area to browse information, as well as a separate private office for confidential consultations with a cancer support nurse, according to the application at County Hall.
There are currently seven such centres in operation nationally, following a €3.6m investment by the charity.
The centre will be staffed entirely by specialist cancer nurses, supported by trained volunteers.
It will offer advice, information and support to all of those concerned about cancer.
The first centre opened in Galway University Hospital in July 2009, while a number more have opened over the last few years.
Six centres are planned for hospitals across the country this year, with Limerick one of these.
Labour’s Limerick City Councillor Gerry McLoughlin, who sits on the board of HSE West, welcomed the grant of permission.
“It is a welcome development: we are a centre of excellence in Limerick. It is fantastic to see this being provided. It is so important for people to understand the work being done here. People are receiving treatment, and when they are recovering, they have these services. It is a wholly essential service, and it is fantastic,” he told the Limerick Leader.
Limerick County Council approved the application with four conditions.
These include a stipulation that all concessions required to construct the extension will be reversible without loss or damage to the main hospital building.
County planners will also seek a full and proper record of works undertaken, including photos taken before, during and after the completing of each stage of the work.