50-bed ward at Portiuncula progresses

The construction of a new 50-bed ward block at Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe has progressed to the next phase and a shortlisting process is now currently ongoing to identify suitable building contractors.

The contractor selection process closes on March 25th and shortly afterwards tenders will be issued to a shortlisted panel.

Commenting on the latest development of the €15 million project, General Manager of Portiuncula Hospital, James Keane, said: “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”.

Independent TD Denis Naughten stressed the need for the tender process to proceed without any further delays.

“After I secured the commitment for the ward block development at Portiuncula Hospital from then 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,” he said.

“The fact is that Portiuncula is down 10% 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”.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said the development was a significant investment in healthcare infrastructure in this region.

“I am delighted to see it coming to fruition as it will most definitely enhance the delivery of acute hospital care in the region”.