Progress on 50-bed extension at Portiuncula Hospital – Naughten

 

Deputy Denis Naughten has confirmed that the HSE has sought the return of tenders within six weeks for the first phase of works for the 50-bedroomed ward block at Portiuncula Hospital, with work expected to commence on site in early 2020.

  He said: “Going to tender for these enabling works is a major step forward for the project and Minister Simon Harris has confirmed that he plans to visit the hospital early next month to meet staff and discuss with them the need for this vital project”.

  The HSE has sought tenders for the enabling works, which will comprise of the construction of a new vehicular and pedestrian access along with alterations to other existing vehicular and pedestrian access. Included also is the provision of new hard and soft landscaping areas.

  These enabling works will also comprise of the supply of services and utilities such as electricity, foul and storm drainage, water mains and telecommunications together with underpinning works to existing structures.

  Portiuncula Hospital will remain in operation to facilitate the construction of the 50-bedroomed ward block, which is set to start construction in 2021.

  Deputy Naughten added: “This timeline would tie in with the commitment which I secured in the Government development plan ‘Project Ireland 2040’ to have the new 50-bed ward block completed by 2022.

  “This is very welcome as the 50-bedroomed ward block at Portiuncula Hospital is now urgently required to address the chaotic situation that many patients and staff are facing in our local A&E Department”.