Dublin South TD Alex WhWP_20150903_011ite has welcomed this week’s official opening of Mount Carmel Community Hospital in Churchtown. The hospital, which currently employs 60 staff, has been redeveloped as a dedicated community hospital for the Dublin area after the HSE bought it for €11 million in April 2014.

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said the 65-bed facility would greatly enhance the provision of health services for older people in Dublin South and across the city. “This is a milestone development for Churchtown and for the wider Dublin Rathdown community. It will help ensure that people who no longer need acute hospital care can receive excellent residential care and accommodation until they are well enough to go home.

“Mount Carmel is a fine example of modern primary care, which I advocated when I was junior health minister and which my Labour colleague Kathleen Lynch is now taking forward.”

Following essential building works, the hospital opened on a phased basis, with 20 beds, in April 2015. The full complement of 65 beds has been open since the end of June for people who have received acute hospital care and now need intermediate care and support for a period of time.

The HSE bought Mount Carmel following its closure as a private hospital in early 2014. The facility has since been redeveloped to support Dublin’s acute hospitals and community services. Minister White said: “The reopening of Mount Carmel has been a priority for me since the private facility was suddenly closed in January 2015. I am delighted that it has been successfully redeveloped to provide services to the local community and beyond.”