St. Columba's Hospital

St Columba's Hospital
Co Kilkenny

Ms Georgina Bassett Ms Eileen McGuill

Tel: 056 77 24178

Hiqa Reports

St Columba’s was originally opened as a workhouse under the auspices of the Board of Guardians in 1853 and its history includes providing care for homeless persons and single mothers.

Since 1952 the premises had been utilised specifically for the care of older people in the region.

It is managed by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The hospital is a large three-storey building accessed via a long landscaped driveway.

A day care centre which offers services to the community is located in the grounds of the hospital.

The provider is applying for registration for a total of 78 beds, four of which are respite.

The centre also accommodates a fifteen-bed rehabilitation unit

The centre is located on its own grounds in the village of Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.

Information courtesy of HIQA reports and other sources.

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