Photograph: Carndonagh Community Hospital

Multimillion euro investment in Donegal healthcare includes Community Hospitals as part of 12 major projects in HSE Capital Plan for county

Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has announced that investment has been secured for 12 major healthcare projects in the county including plans for the refurbishment of St Joseph’s Stranorlar and Ramelton Community Hospitals.

Speaking to Donegal Now, Minister McHugh said: “The confirmation of investment in Community Hospitals in Donegal, in particular St Joseph’s Stranorlar and Ramelton and several other major projects, is a statement of intent from this Government.

“It is a phenomenal level of investment in healthcare and it will be of enormous benefit to our people for years to come. This Government’s commitment to the future of the Community Hospitals has been clear for some time.

“First we reversed a decision which threatened St Joseph’s and Ramelton. Now we have secured commitment in the Health Service Executive Capital Plan for planning for their refurbishment and upgrade.

“Their future is guaranteed, as well as ensuring facilities of the highest possible standard and the best quality care. This has come about thanks to the Government led by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recognising the need for Community Hospitals in different parts of the county. It’s also down to Health Minister Simon Harris, and importantly Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly who has been a passionate and dedicated supporter of the need to secure excellent Community Hospital care in Donegal. He demonstrated as much by visiting the county twice to hear our needs," said the Minister for Education and Skills.

Minister McHugh added the announcement was the best news for the families of people who use these facilities, for the people who work there and for the wider community.

He also confirmed the multi-million euro investment in 12 projects with the formal announcement of the national plan being made by Minister Harris.

Minister McHugh said: "This Government’s commitment to community care and to wider investment in healthcare in Donegal has been exceptional in recent years - whether that’s through radiology services in Letterkenny University Hospital, agreement to recruit a second breast cancer surgeon or investing in Altnagelvin in Derry to improve cancer care in the north-west.

“Many people have been to the fore when it came to fighting for our Community Hospitals, not least our Fine Gael councillors Martin Harley in Stranorlar and Bernard McGuinness in Inishowen. I also want to recognise the focus of the Save Our Hospitals group for keeping this issue on the agenda.

“The investment by this Government also commits to the new Community Nursing Unit in Letterkenny with more than 100 beds, an upgraded mortuary in Letterkenny University Hospital and a primary care centre in Newtowncunningham.

“That is combined with all of the progress that will be seen in the coming year in works on Community Hospitals in Dungloe, Carndonagh and Ballyshannon and the final designs for Falcarragh and Buncrana Community Hospitals," concluded Minister McHugh.

The full list of projects in Donegal which have been included in the HSE Capital Plan are:

Letterkenny Radiology project

Ambulance base upgrade at Stranorlar/Ballybofey

Restoration and upgrade of mortuary unit at Letterkenny University Hospital

Newtowncunningham Primary Care Centre

Ballyshannon 100 bed Community Nursing Unit – Tender & Contract

Dungloe Community Hospital Refurb – Tender & Contract

Carndonagh Community Hospital Refurb - Tender & Contract

Falcarragh Community Hospital Refurb - Design

Buncrana Community Hospital Refurb - Design

Ramelton Community Hospital Refurb - Planning

Stranorlar Community Hospital Refurb - Planning

Letterkenny Community Nursing Unit

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