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Friends fund the purchase of state-of-the-art technology Equipment for St. Ita’s
Rehab Unit costing €63,500.00! Fergus Scanlan, Chairman , Friends of St. Ita’s is
delighted to announce this height-tech equipment was delivered to St. Ita’s Hospital
this week which marks the dawning of a new, exciting and revolutionising era in the
field of rehabilitation treatment here in St. Ita’s which, this ground-breaking
technology brings with it – comprising of two systems – Tyromotion Pablo Rehab
System & Tyromotion Myro Rehb System – described by St. Ita’s Rehab Staff as
“ state-of-the-art interactive visuo/audio-motor technology devices which will be
incorporated into daily therapy sessions as well as being used by patients to carry out
individualised interventions on a 7 day basis. All of this assists to maximise patients
rehab potential while minimising length of in-patient stay as it promotes 7 day week
rehab without additional manpower costs” Rehab Staff also comment “This addition
to our service will greatly enhance the profile of St. Ita’s Rehab Unit both locally and
nationally as leaders in the use of novel interdisciplinary progressive technology and
provision of 7 day week input”. Those Staff comments speak for themselves selves as
to the unquestionable value of this investment by the Friends, particularly,
considering the benefit of expediting the rehab process and so freeing up bed
availability but most importantly, the sense of patient self-motivation and
achievement being gained is invaluable –

St Ita’s Community Hospital, Newcastlewest, is a community based hospital providing services for the people of Limerick. Services provided include rehabilitation, assessment, palliative day care, respite and continuing care. There are currently 91 beds, of which 65 are continuing care beds, two are short stay beds, six are respite beds and 18 are rehabilitation beds.


The hospital was built in 1841 and there have been many improvements to the hospital over the years and, in particular, in recent times. The Rehabilitation and Day Hospital services opened in 1989 and Palliative Day Care services opened in 2009. A dedicated ambulant dementia unit was opened in May, 2014 and the new Rehabilitation Unit was completed and officially opened in early 2016.


St. Ita’s philosophy of care is based on respect for the rights and dignity of the residents and patients and, this care is delivered within an environment that promotes peoples’ dignity and quality of life.


St. Ita’s philosophy of care is based on respect for the rights and dignity of the residents and patients and, this care is delivered within an environment that promotes peoples’ dignity and quality of life.

In that context, the hospital –

  • Provide a safe and secure environment for residents and patients;
  • Promote the privacy and dignity of residents and patients;
  • Offer residents and patients a stimulating environment for daily activities;
  • Enable residents to have easy access throughout the hospital;
  • Provide a setting that will facilitate staff to deliver high quality care;
  • Meet standards required by law and regulation.

The Friends of St. Ita’s Community Hospital, Newcastle West was launched in April,
2003 as a voluntary fundraising group tasked with assisting Management in the
implementation of certain projects they were unable to get off the ground due to a lack of funding.


Our top priority was the provision of a hospice support unit for West Limerick which became the main focus of our fundraising.
The enormous success of our campaign towards this end, becomes readily apparent with fundraising events which have see us raise in excess of €2 Million over this last number of years.


This indeed, is a truly phenomenal achievement by any standard and all thanks to the outstanding support and the unparalleled generosity of the very many wonderful people, clubs, groups, organisations, schools and many more including the corporate and business sector. Indeed, one businessman in particular , namely, Mr. JP. McManus , merits special mention and to whom we owe enormous gratitude for his hugely generous allocation of €0.75 Million, from the JP. McManus golf Pro-Am in 2005, to our hospice project.

From our funds raised to-date we have contributed €1.345 Million to the new hospice unit.


From our funds raised to-date we have contributed €1.345 Million to the new hospice unit.

In addition to the Hospice Unit we have also funded a number of other projects at St. Ita’s including:

  • The provision of a new day-room for Ward 6 at a cost of €200,000.00
  • A new patient minibus costing €64,000.00
  • An Enclosed Garden
  • Palliative Patient transport bus
  • 22 bedded Rehab Unit

To read about our latest fundraising activities, please check out our press releases.