Dáil Éireann - Volume 415 - 18 February, 1992

Written Answers. - Naas (Kildare) Hospital.

112. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if he will outline, (a) the full plan for the development of Naas Hospital, County Kildare, (b) the degree to which this plan has been implemented to date and (c) his proposals for the implementation of the remaining stages; if any or all of these proposals are likely to be implemented in the current year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Connell): The development plan for Naas Hospital provides for a 209 bed hospital, with a range of services including general medicine, general surgery, intensive care, coronary care and psychiatric and geriatric units. The plan envisaged the development of the hospital in four separate phases as follows: 1. Psychiatric unit, boiler house and ancillary facilities; 2. Accident and emergency, out-patient department and limited surgical services; 3. Full surgical services including backup facilities; 4. Medical services/coronary care unit.

The first phase of the development of the hospital which incorporates a new psychiatric unit and boiler house was recently commissioned. While the capital allocation available to my Department for 1992 does not allow for the recommencement of this project in the current year, I will be considering the further development of the hospital in the context of the capital resources available to my Department in future years.