€5m ward opens in Portiuncula

Hospital unveils new 12-bed ward

The Dunlo Ward – a new 12-bed facility – was recently opened at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. The project, funded from the HSE 2020 Capital Plan, cost in excess of €5 million for the design, build, and equipping of the ward.

The new ward is located on the first floor of the hospital and has state-of-the-art facilities, including a digital Irish National Early Warning System (INEWS). This system also provides access to diagnostics (including Laboratory and Radiology) in each room.

The Dunlo Ward will care for both medical and surgical patients and will provide additional isolation rooms for the hospital.

Speaking about the opening of the Dunlo Ward, James Keane (Hospital Manager) said: “This new development will provide additional bed capacity, improved accommodation for our patients, and will ease patient flow from the Emergency Department and throughout the hospital, while meeting the required national standards and delivering enhanced quality care to our patients.

“Within the ward there are dedicated beds allocated for end of life care and complex palliative care patients. The Dunlo Ward will also facilitate paediatric patients who are transferring to adult services”, he concluded.