Health Minister Edwin Poots was in Derry yesterday to see at first hand models of health and social care that put individuals and families first.
The Minister visited the Foyle Hospice, the site of the new wards re-development at Altnagelvin Hospital and the Clooney Family Centre in the Waterside.
At the Foyle Hospice, where he visited patients and staff, Mr. Poots said: “The support of voluntary organisations like this one at Foyle Hospice is so valuable to the health service. It shows what can be achieved by the health service and the voluntary sector working together with each having its own very special part to play.”
Minister Poots also saw the site of the next phase of the Altnagelvin re-development plan which will include six new 24 single bedded wards to replace out-dated wards in the hospital tower block.
It is expected that, following business case approval, design will begin on the new facility later in the year.
Speaking at Altnagelvin, Mr Poots said: “This is a key element of the site wide development of the Altnagelvin Hospital site and will provide the building block for future developments on this site essential for a modern health service. This will be a state-of-the-art new build which will house patients in a modern and therapeutic environment.”
Western Trust chairman Gerard Guckian added: “The £28.5 million investment in the North Wing development at Altnagelvin Hospital is one of a number of major investments by Minister Poots and the DHSSPS in the health of our local population and is central to the future development of modern health services in the West.
“The project will deliver new inpatient accommodation for medical and specialist surgery wards, trauma and orthopaedic services, the gynaecology ward and the children’s unit and will future-proof Altnagelvin Hospital and enable it to continue to meet the need for high quality and safe hospital services.”