« BackKerry projects allocated 3.5 million euro in HSE Service Plan

Almost 3.5 million euro has been earmarked for projects in Kerry under the HSE Service Plan for 2017.

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This is spread over several different projects.

Kerry Deputies Brendan Griffin and Danny Healy-Rae have welcomed the announcement as has the Kerry branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

1.5 million euro is being spent on the refurbishment and upgrade of the acute mental health unit in University Hospital Kerry.

There are 34 beds in this unit and the works are scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

This includes €500,000 for the completion and opening of beds at the new High Observation Mental Health Unit.

€1.15 million will be provided for the 40-bed Deer Lodge Continuing Care Unit in Killarney, allowing it to start opening in January, with a view to being fully open by March.

Half a million euro will be spent on refurbishing an operation theatre in UHK and €210,000 will go towards the new 15 bed palliative care inpatient unit being completed by Kerry Hospice.

€140,000 is going to be used to refurbish the primary care centre in Ballyheigue.