Go ahead for £70 million new hospital wing

Altnagelvin hospital

Altnagelvin hospital

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A new £73 million wing at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital will be completed in early 2017, health bosses today revealed.

Gerard Guckian, chairman of the Western Trust said the new wing is part of the strategic development of the Derry hospital and it will be constructed in parallel to the new £50m cross border Radiotherapy Unit.

A business case and funding for the new wing have now been officially confirmed by Stormont’s Department of Health.

“As the largest acute hospital outside Belfast, supporting the second highest concentration of population in Northern Ireland, this project is of significant strategic importance and will contribute to safe and effective delivery of patient care across the network of acute hospitals for Northern Ireland,” Mr Guckian said.

Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way said the new wing will incorporate six inpatient ward areas, a new main entrance to the hospital and relocation of car parking facilities.

“The building will be designed in a way that ensures patients receive their care and treatment in a modern clinical and therapeutic environment, compliant with emerging statutory and regulatory standards.”

She continued: “The services to be accommodated in the new ‘North Wing’ will transfer from the existing Tower Block at the Hospital. The construction of the new building is the first step of a major project to upgrade accommodation for all of the services currently located in the 50 year old Tower Block.

“Once services are relocated to the new ‘North Wing’, the Tower Block building itself will be refurbished. A phased approach to the project is required to ensure safe continuation of services on site at all times.”

The Trust said services will remain fully operational during the construction period.