Thursday 15 April 2021

Minister of State in the Department of Health and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has confirmed that the new modular building at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe will be ready for occupation from Monday, 19th April.

The HSE has confirmed to Minister Rabbitte that it is expected that the modular building will be ready for HSE occupation on Monday 19th  April, with decanting of service into the building expected on the 26th April.

Minister Rabbitte commented,

This is great news for the people of the area, ensuring an increased level of service in Galway, Roscommon, Midlands, and Mid-Western areas. As a Minister of State in the Department of Health, I have been working to ensure that progress is being made.

The modular building proposed will provide for 14 temporary COVID-19 ED minor injuries treatment/ assessment rooms with associated support facilities. The unit will also help with the overload of outpatient accommodation after the Covid-19 emergency.

The Minister continued:

I’ve also been advised that ‘Suitability Assessment Questionnaires’ to select a contractor for the construction of the 50 Bed Ward Block at Portiuncula are currently being evaluated by the HSE. Advertising on eTenders for shortlisted contractor procurement is planned for mid Q2, 2021 with a possible commencement date on site planned for the end of Q3, 2021 providing there are no unexpected delays.

Thankfully, building works to the Flouroscopy room are also now complete, equipment commissioning, and training are ongoing until the end of April. Further works to Radiology, Public toilets, x-ray Room 2, changing and cleaner store are due to commence once the Flouroscopy room is operational. Completion of all works including enabling works for the 50 Bed Ward Block is planned for end of Q2 2021.

Minister Rabbitte concluded,

It is also my understanding that the CT located in Portiuncula is scheduled for replacement in 2021/ 2022, through the HSE’s Equipment Replacement Programme subject to the availability of funding. The conversion of the vacated OPD area to 12 single bedrooms with en-suites adjacent to St. Joseph’s ward, is also progressing to stage five of the development process.