Two new theatres ‘operational’

Two new replacement orthopaedic operating theatres on the Merlin Park site of Galway University Hospital (GUH), which cost €10.57m to design, build and equip, were used for the first time last Friday.

Prior to the opening of the new theatres, there was only one orthopaedic theatre on the Merlin Park site. This was the only facility available in GUH to provide elective orthopaedic procedures. The two new replacement theatres are required to restore full elective orthopaedic procedures in Merlin Park University Hospital and address orthopaedic waiting lists.

Construction of the 620 square-metre theatre building began in March 2021 following a public procurement tendering for a main contractor. The build consists of two operating theatres, two anaesthesia rooms, a recovery area and other ancillary accommodation to support the theatre suites. The theatre building is connected to the main hospital block by a link corridor which is the access point for patients and staff.

  Aiden Devitt (consultant orthopaedic surgeon) said:  “The new operating theatres are a major enhancement for the hospital and for orthopaedic services in the west, and I am extremely proud of everyone involved in bringing this long-awaited project to completion.

“We now have a state-of-the-art theatre suite, which will double our capacity for surgical procedures and will reduce waiting times for patients. Our orthopaedic patients will be treated in a modern, spacious and technologically advanced facility and I am delighted to be commencing procedures in the new theatres”.