Galway University Hospitals (GUH) has announced that phase one of the construction of the new Outpatients Department at Merlin Park University Hospital is underway since the end of last month (Feb).

 The development includes a two-storey Outpatients Department (OPD) with parking spaces, bicycle parking, pedestrian footpaths, lighting and associated signage and landscaping. The total cost of OPD phase one is €15.50m. 

 The new construction will facilitate the relocation of some outpatient clinics from University Hospital Galway.  

Ms Chris Kane, Hospital Manager says this first phase of this OPD project is part of a major capital scheme for Galway University Hospitals and is part of a wider development plan currently being progressed for GUH.

The hospital has an underlying bed capacity deficit of 222 beds which has been identified through independent review. The Saolta Group and GUH have identified and are currently progressing a number of priority capital projects which are necessary to address capacity issues on site. These are:

  • A new permanent Emergency Department andWomen & Children’s Block.
  • A replacement laboratory department.
  • A ward block and Cancer Centre.
  • An elective hospital for the region.



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