The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) New Hospital Development: The Construction of Phase One is now underway


The construction of Phase One of the New Development at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire is now underway.  This significant Capital development, which is a partnership between the HSE and the NRH Foundation, will see the existing ward accommodation at the NRH replaced by a new 120 bed facility including integrated therapy services, hydrotherapy pool and sports facilities.  The development will be purpose built to accommodate the needs of patients requiring complex specialist rehabilitation services and will comply with best international practice and SARI (infection control) guidelines. 

Speaking at the formal ‘breaking ground’ ceremony, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “This new purpose built rehabilitation hospital will provide a patient-centred approach to help deliver the best possible outcomes for those who attend either as Inpatients or Outpatients…. The Government is determined to invest in the future of our health services, while also delivering major healthcare reform, and this is a clear demonstration of our commitment.”


Minister Simon Harris said “The Government recognises the excellent high quality rehabilitation programmes which the NRH delivers and the hospital’s excellent patient outcomes. This new development will enable staff to deliver optimal quality care and treatment in a facility which affords dignity, respect and privacy to all. These new facilities will make a real difference to the lives of the children and adults who pass through the doors of the NRH.”

Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director at the NRH, commenting on the plans for the new hospital said “After a long wait, the NRH has got the go ahead to revolutionise its healthcare facilities to better serve the needs of people with disabilities across the country.  As an organisation, we at the NRH know that our staff can – and will deliver the standards of care and rehabilitation worthy of these generous investments.  Investments we will use to provide world-class facilities and world class rehabilitation.  It is vitally important at this time to acknowledge our staff because, as our patients will tell you, it is our staff both past and present – certainly not our buildings – that have built the enviable reputation for quality rehabilitation which NRH has achieved over the years”.
Professor Delargy went on to say “When we move into the new building in 2020 we need to be a single rehabilitation team, and a cohesive unit which answers the call from those who need our services.  A top quality, internationally accredited, evidence based, responsive rehabilitation service which reaches out to our colleagues in the community and the referring hospitals.  And when we go on to achieve phase 3, with the additional fully staffed Rehabilitation beds that Ireland needs, we will then have the means to address our waiting list.”
The National Rehabilitation Hospital is the first major healthcare project to be granted planning approval through the Strategic Infrastructural Development Process.  Following an EU Tendering and Selection Process for the main Building Contractor, the successful tender is John Paul Construction.
The planned completion date for the construction and equipping of Phase One of the new hospital unit is 2020.

Site Strategy and Phasing of the New Hospital Development

Phase 1: Relocation of Existing Hospital Beds, new Entrance, Sports Hall and Hydrotherapy Facilities.

Phase 1 includes the provision of 120 new single bed ensuite rooms, in 8 wards on 4 separate levels. Included also are the new Sports Hall and Hydrotherapy facilities and a new Entrance to the hospital off Rochestown Avenue.  The Phase 1 development of 18,000m2, now underway, will facilitate the relocation of all the existing beds to the new development and is designed to link into the existing clinical and non-clinical support services that remain in the existing hospital pending completion of Phase 2.

Phase 2:  Relocation of the remaining existing hospital facilities to the new building in order to have a fully functional hospital.

Phase 2 provides for the relocation of all existing therapies and support facilities to a new modern development, to serve the new 120 bed hospital to minimise patients transferring long distances across the hospital for treatment, thereby maximising therapy impact. Completion of Phase 2 will facilitate the demolition of the existing hospital buildings and the development Phase 3.

Phase 3: Scaling the National Rehabilitation Hospital up to a 235 Bed Hospital

Phase 3 provides for the completion of the 235 bed hospital in accordance with an NRH updated brief for the long term development of the campus.


For further information contact: Rosemarie Nolan, Communications Manager, Email:  Tel: 086 1744 839

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