Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced that Milford Care Centre (MCC) is to build a new 34-bed specialist in-patient palliative care unit at Castletroy, Co. Limerick, to serve Clare and the Mid-West.
The Centre’s not-for-profit Nursing Home facility will also be expanded from 47 to 68 beds.
The new Hospice will cost an estimated €7.7m, and the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and the JP McManus Pro Am 2010 are to contribute €3.4m towards this project, Minister Noonan revealed.
The Nursing Home expansion will cost €0.8m, which is to be funded directly by the Nursing Home, bringing the total cost of the Milford developments to €8.5m.
Both the new Hospice in-patient unit and the upgraded Nursing Home will be configured entirely for single occupancy only and the full project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Deputy Joe Carey, in welcoming the development at Milford, said Clare people have benefited greatly from the in-patient service as well as the Hospice at Home service provided by two specialist palliative care teams working in the County.
“It’s good to hear that further investment is being made at Milford Care Centre and the service is being enhanced as the demand for palliative care in-patient beds continues to grow each year,” the Clare Fine Gael deputy said.
Milford Care Centre is the designated provider of consultant-led and multi-disciplined specialist Palliative Care services in Clare, North Tipperary and Limerick and last year 26%, or 357 of the 1,374 new referrals were from County Clare.
In 2014, MCC’s Hospice at Home Team, operating from a new services base in Ennis and from Limerick, actively supported Palliative Care Support Beds Units and nursing homes at Cahercalla, Ennistymon, Kilrush and Raheen, caring for 339 patients in the community and carrying out 3,658 home visits in County Clare.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan announcing the major new development at Milford Care Centre on Monday