Work is to begin shortly on clearing a site for a planned new wing at Altnagelvin Hospital.
The new ‘north wing’ project, which will cost an estimated £73 million, will incorporate six inpatient ward areas, a new main entrance to the hospital and relocation of car parking facilities.
Health chiefs say the new building will be designed in a way that ensures patients “receive their care and treatment in a modern clinical and therapeutic environment.”
A £3 million enabling works contract will commence shortly with the intention that the site is fully cleared by the end of 2014 or early 2015.
Western Health Trust chief Elaine Way says the new building is the first step of a major project to relocate wards in the upper floors of the existing hospital tower block.
She says a “particular effort has been made to deliver a phased approach to the project to ensure safe continuation of services on the hospital site at all times.”
She added: “The site for the North Wing is located adjacent to the existing hospital Tower Block and will require the relocation of current accommodation and services, such as training and education areas, clinical office areas and patient/visitor car parking.”
“All necessary steps will be taken to minimise disruption to patient services. These essential works have been scheduled to ensure patients services and clinics remain fully operational at all times.
“The Trust would like to express its thanks to all staff and public for their cooperation and support in this matter. The project will enable the Western Trust to continue with the strategic development of the Altnagelvin Hospital site and will help to deliver leading edge clinical services in a modern healthcare setting.”