Sacred Heart Hospital Roscommon – Appointment
Following a recent successful tender process, Downes Associates has been appointed by the HSE to commence design on a new two-storey 4,000m² 50 Bed Residential Care Centre at Sacred Heart Hospital Roscommon. This capital project has been initiated under the HSE CNU programme.
The HSE’s Community Health Care Organization 2 (CHO 2) identified the need for a new purpose built 50 Bed Residential Care Centre which is part of the HIQA National Programme to build replacement residential care centres for the older people’s service.
The site is on the southern outskirts of Roscommon Town. The Sacred Heart Hospital grounds covers approximately five acres, is roughly rectangular and is relatively level. The main entrance to the grounds is off the Golf Links Road.
The original workhouse building on the site dates from 1842 and occupies the northern half of the site. The residential section dates from the 1960s and is sited on the southern half of the site.
The Sacred Heart Hospital currently provides continuing care, rehabilitation, palliative and respite care for up to 95 residents. As part of the overall scope of this project it is expected that the two wards to the front of the site - Our Lady’s Ward and St. Joseph’s Ward will be demolished to make way for the new 50 bed CNU. St Michael’s will be refurbished and repurposed.
The proposed model aims to create a person-centred approach which supports the opportunity to continue to direct their own lives in accordance with their cognitive and physical abilities, and in an environment which reflects the comforts of home. This will be achieved by the creation of two households within the overall centre. The intention is the normalisation of care within the new residential centre, assisting residents with everyday tasks.