A huge new 158-bed nursing home at the heart of Swords has been declared officially open by its operators, CareChoice.
CareChoice is one of the largest nursing home operators in the country has opened a new 158-bed care facility in Swords, bringing to ten the number of HIQA registered residential care centres owned and operated by CareChoice.
The residential care centre, located in the centre of Swords on Bridge Street, offers 151 single rooms and seven double rooms, and will employ over 200 staff.
Areas of specialism for the new facility include respite, convalescence, palliative, dementia and long-term care.
The new building in Swords is a purpose-built facility, designed and built to exacting clinical standards.
It includes a dementia-friendly ward with its own private terrace.
Funding for the new development came from a finance syndicate composed of AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank, with AIB acting as lead agent.
The new addition in Swords brings to ten the number of HIQA registered residential care centres owned and operated by CareChoice.
The group now has four facilities in Dublin (Swords, Malahide Road, Finglas and Rathfarnham) one in Trim, Co Meath, four in Cork (Ballynoe, Montenotte, Clonakilty and Macroom) and one in Dungarvan, Waterford.
CareChoice has further expansion plans for 2020, including three extensions to existing care centres and new builds planned for 2020.
Welcoming the opening of CareChoice's latest residential care centre, CEO Gerry Moore said: 'We are delighted to open our state-of-the-art nursing home in Swords as it brings the company beyond the 1,000-bed milestone and continues our ongoing investment and expansion in much needed nursing home beds.
'Its central location in Swords has generated great awareness and admiration and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the Swords community for years to come.'
The prominent site in Sword was once earmarked for a primary care centre before that proposal collapsed.
Planning was then sought and granted for a nursing home on the site.