Thursday, 15 July 2021
Department of Health
394. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the location identified for the new multidisciplinary early intervention and respite care centre (details supplied) for children with complex additional needs within the grounds of St. Otteran's Psychiatric Hospital, Waterford; if, as circumstances allow, he will visit the proposed site with representatives of a charity with a view to progressing the development which was included in the HSE Capital Plan for 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32795/21]
Funding has been allocated in the 2021 Capital Programme to appoint a design team for the proposed disability centre at St Otteran’s on the Saint John’s Hill campus. The generous contribution of €1m from the Touching Hearts Foundation has been included in the detail of the project.
Subject to continued funding and progression through the Public Spending Code, a tender will be initiated. Once the design team is appointed, they will produce a programme for the works as part of their Stage 1 report.