Construction will begin shortly on a new three-storey radiation oncology centre at University Hospital Galway. The facility is expected to open in two years.
It will include seven radiotherapy treatment vaults, a brachytherapy suite, two CT rooms, on-treatment support and ancillary physics, treatment planning, and administration facilities.
The centre will be built on the site of the former acute mental health unit and significant work has been under way over the past six months to clear the site to enable construction to begin.
Commenting Ms Chris Kane, General Manager Galway University Hospitals said, “This is a hugely important development for cancer patients in the west.
“This new state-of-the art 8,000msq facility will allow us increase our radiotherapy service here in Galway where we provide treatment to patients from across the region. The tender process is currently being concluded and the contractor will be appointed shortly.
“Construction work will take approximately two years after which the unit will be commissioned.”