Sunday, 2 November 2008

TLC Group plans 100-bed nursing home in Santry

The Irish nursing home chain, TLC Group, has applied for planning permission for a €15 million nursing home in Santry in north Dublin.

The group, which is backed by Dr Liam Lacey and businessman Michael Fetherston, wants to build a 100-bed nursing home beside an existing TLC centre, which opened in December 2004. TLC will launch its second nursing home, at Straffan in Co Kildare, this week and plans to open a third centre in Citywest, Dublin next month.

There are 125 people employed at the existing Santry centre and the company expects a further 280 people to be employed at the new centres in Straffan and Citywest. Lacey, the TLC chief executive who has a medical practice in Blanchardstown in west Dublin, said that the company also had plans to establish a centre in south Dublin.

‘‘We are looking at a number of sites, but we have nothing confirmed yet,” he said.

The TLC centre in Straffan will include a specialist Alzheimer’s unit, while the Citywest centre will house a specialist stroke and rehabilitation unit.

The Straffan project involved the redevelopment of the Straffan Court Hotel, which is owned by Fetherston, to a 72bedroom nursing home with 22 adjacent apartments.

For the Citywest development, the company bought land from Harcourt Developments in a €16 million deal last year. A 130-bed unit is under construction.

The TLC Group was founded in 2004 by Lacey and Fetherston, who is company chairman. The facilities at its nursing homes include hair and beauty salons, gyms, cinemas and treatments by chiropodists, aromatherapists and reflexologists.

About 60 per cent of residents at the Santry centre are Health Service Executive patients - the remainder pay privately. The cost varies depending on the additional services used, but the centres charge upwards of €1,100 a week.

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