Planning granted for 150-bed private hospital in Limerick

Computer generated image of the Bon Secours private hospital in Ballysimon.

PLANNING permission for a 150-bed private hospital on the outskirts of Limerick City has been granted by Limerick City and County Council.

The €150 million building for the Bon Secours Health System (BSHS) will be constructed on a wider site being developed by Kirkland Investments, at Towlerton, Ballysimon.

BSHS already owns and operates Barrington’s Private Hospital in Limerick City and recruitment of staff for the new hospital will double the group’s total workforce in Limerick to 500.

The project is now progressing to detail design stage, with tendering for a construction partner to commence shortly and work on the site to begin in January of next year.

The 150 inpatient and day-bed facility, just 600 metres from Junction 29 on the M7 motorway, is scheduled to open in January 2025.

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It will be the single biggest investment in medical care in Limerick in recent years, addressing a significant medical services need, with the Mid-West the only region in Ireland with no private hospital at this scale.

Specialities currently delivered at the Bon Secours Barrington’s Hospital will be expanded to include a medical assessment unit, cardiology and other medical services.“

Bon Secours Limerick chief executive Jason Kenny said they had already doubled staff and patient numbers at Barrington’s but because of site restrictions, it was necessary to develop the new

Clinical Director Dr Siobhán Grimes said the new hospital “will raise the quality and scope of medicine in the Limerick area to unprecedented levels”.

“Clinicians across the region understand the need for greater access and innovation in medical care and this new state-of-the-art hospital on the Ballysimon Road will do exactly that.”

Rudi Butler of Kirkland Investments said the development would “strengthen Limerick’s profile and indeed the wider Mid West region and form a very important part of the overall development plans which Kirkland have for the Towlerton Lands which comprises of 62 acres”

BSHS is the largest private hospital operator in the country, enploying 4,000 people in Dublin, Tralee, Cork and Galway.

In 2017, it acquired and refurbished the 200-year-old Barringtons Hospital with an additional €4m investment in new services and improvements in operating theatres.