€8.7m is to be invested in nursing homes in Baltinglass and Rathdrum, making a significant difference for elderly people in these communities.

€8.02m has been allocated to St. Colman’s Hospital in Rathdrum and €750,000 to Baltinglass District Hospital for their refurbishments.
Welcoming the announcement of this investment, Minister Simon Harris stated “This very significant investment reflects the Government’s determination to maintain the current numbers of public nursing home beds and to ensure all public nursing homes will be compliant with HIQA standards by 2021.
“This is part of planned national investment for 90 centres, which is a total of 4,723 beds, between now and 2021. This includes the replacement of 33 existing facilities and refurbishment or extension of 57 others. This programme of investment will also deliver 215 additional beds.
“The investment is made up of €148 million in the current HSE capital plan and a further €237 million from the Capital Investment Plan. Ten facilities worth €150 million are also being funded by public private partnerships (PPP).
“The majority of residents in nursing homes in Wicklow receive an excellent quality of care but some of the facilities available are not up to date. This funding will ensure that the best facilities are available for residents and their families in the future. We will continue to work to ensure that funding is available for important services like nursing homes and health care,” concluded Minister Harris.