Work ready to begin on €20m hospital extension
WORK will start on Wexford General Hospital's new €20 million extension within three weeks.
Cllr George Lawlor said that that JJ Rhatigan & Company will be on site within three weeks having being awarded the contract for the major project.
The extension will involve a new A&E department, including a new main entrance and concourse for the hospital and a new maternity unit.
JJ Rhatigan & Co were recently selected by the HSE as the preferred bidder. It is one of Ireland's leading construction companies, with offices in Galway, Dublin and Sligo and has worked on projects that vary in size up to €500 million.
Cllr Lawlor said that the building cycle will last for two and a half years. 'It's very welcome that the construction will begin imminently on a project that will give Wexford General Hospital one of the best A&E departments in the country,' said Cllr Lawlor.
The Labour councillor pointed out that the new A&E department will have 17 treatment spaces for emergency patients, compared to the four it currently has, which is expected to result in greatly improved admission times and a better overall environment for patients, their families and staff.
Cllr Lawlor said the current delivery suites will be demolished as part of the new maternity unit and there will be a temporary link corridor from the existing maternity ward to the new delivery suites during the phased construction of the project.
When completed, the capacity in the delivery suites at Wexford General will comprise five single-bed delivery rooms, compared to the current situation, where there are two two-bed delivery rooms.
The new maternity unit will also ensure that women have direct access to an operating theatre when they need it (e.g. in the event of a caesarean section), reducing their waiting times and also freeing up the demand on the hospital's existing theatres.