Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (94, 400)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

94. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the actions he has taken further to correspondence from a person (details supplied) on Merlin Park Hospital, Galway; if he has met with the relevant stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5335/19]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

400. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the reason orthopaedic services have not recommenced on the Merlin Park campus of Galway University Hospital as promised; when they will recommence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5420/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 and 400 together.

As the deputy may be aware, it was necessary to close both orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park to allow remedial work to be completed.

This remedial work facilitated the re-opening of one orthopaedic theatre in March 2018. In order to restore full elective orthopaedic services, the Hospital Group undertook a tender process for the provision of two modular orthopaedic theatres at the Merlin Park University Hospital site. A successful vendor was selected which allowed for the submission of a planning application on the 20th of December, 2018.

The timeframe for the delivery of the theatres will be established pending the outcome of the planning application.