By Sean Moriarty


Killarney’s much-awaited new community hospital has taken another step towards reality after Cork Kerry Community Healthcare confirmed that planning permission for a new 130-bed Community Nursing Unit has been submitted to Kerry County Council.

This development, which will built on the grounds of St Finan’s Hospital, will replace the current St Columbanus Home and the District Hospital (short stay unit).

It will be made up of four 25-bed units and a 30-bed dementia unit. The new facility will be all ensuite single room accommodation.

“This project is a significant milestone in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare’s plans for the replacement of outdated community hospital buildings across Kerry and Cork,” a Cork Kerry Community Healthcare spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is hoped that once construction commences that it will be completed within a period of 24 months following which the residents will move from St Columbanus Home and new residents can be admitted. This site is adjacent to good road networks and Killarney town, it is in a tranquil and peaceful setting.”

Each of the four units will have a sitting room, a sun room, a quiet room, a visitor’s room and an activities room, so there is ample space for communal or private activities.

Bedrooms will be single room accommodation. There will be ample outdoor space in the form of secure landscaped gardens. The new CNU will comply with all HIQA standards and HSE policies in regard to space, privacy and dignity in a new state-of-the-art facility.