Work on new cystic fibrosis facility must wait for two weeks
Builders who signed the long-awaited agreement yesterday to start work on much-needed facilities for cystic fibrosis sufferers in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, will have to wait another two weeks at least before construction can begin.
John Paul Construction signed the €22m contract yesterday to build the 100 single en suite rooms to accommodate cystic fibrosis, liver disease, oncology and other specialities in the hospital.
It is expected the work will be completed by April 2012. However, the builders will first have to get a green light from Dublin City Council and this will take between two and four weeks. However, it is expected more preparatory work to make the site suitable to lay the foundations can be carried out before the building date.
The rooms will allow cystic fibrosis to be free from being treated in shared wards, where they are at risk of infection from other patients.
The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI) yesterday greeted the announcement with relief but said that while the block was being completed, it would continue to press for interim improvements in services at St Vincent's.
"CFAI will continue to seek to ensure that 34 beds are ring-fenced for cystic fibrosis patients," said chief executive Philip Watt.
He added: "While the project has been much delayed and there have been many false dawns, CFAI also acknowledges the fact that it is finally going ahead and is being funded by Government. This is welcomed."
The builder will not be paid until the work is finished, as part of the deal agreed with the HSE.
A spokesman for the hospital said that of its 554 beds, 10 are in single rooms with en suite facilities; eight of these 10 rooms are dedicated for use by cystic fibrosis patients.