The development of a new 50 bed ward block at Portiuncula University Hospital has progressed to the next phase and a shortlisting process is ongoing to identify suitably qualified building contractors.
Contractor selection closes on March 25 and shortly afterwards tenders will be issued to the shortlisted panel. Alongside this contract, important construction works which will enable the development of the new building are nearing completion.
The new ward block is part of major capital scheme for the hospital and represents significant investment in healthcare infrastructure for the communities of East Galway, Roscommon, the Midlands and the Mid-West.
James Keane, General Manager of Portiuncula University Hospital, as welcomed the construction progress development.
“We are delighted to be progressing this essential project which, when complete, will greatly enhance the delivery of acute hospital care in the region.
“Our aim is that the enabling works to install the necessary infrastructure and utilities will be complete by the end of July. In terms of the main construction works, procurement for contractor services is ongoing and we aim to commence this phase of construction in August 2021.
“The total project budget is 15 million which will include a 4,038sqm building with a 50 bed unit, link corridor incorporating lift and storage area. Our target date for completion of the new building is Q1 2023,” Mr Keane stated.
Meanwhile, local Independent Deputy, Denis Naughten, has welcomed the progression of the 50-bed ward block at Portiuncula hospital to the next phase of development, stressing the need for the tender process to proceed without further delays.
“After I secured the commitment for the ward block development at Portiuncula Hospital from Health Minister Simon Harris there was a delay at the same stage of the tender process for the ground works contract which ultimately led to a six month delay in the project.
“The fact is that Portiuncula is down 10 percent of its beds at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions at a time when there is unprecedented demand on the hospital and the last thing we need is further delays.
“It is imperative that this project is now given the priority it deserves within the HSE and that contactors are appointed ASAP,” Deputy Naughten stated.