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Hospital Facilities

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 13 July 2021

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Questions (56)

Catherine Connolly


56. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 430 of 13 May 2021, if the second operating theatre in Merlin Park University Hospital on which construction is due to be completed by end-2021 will also begin to carry out surgical operations by end-2021; if not, when it will be fully fitted out and operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28719/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Merlin Park University Hospital provides elective Medical and Surgical (Orthopaedic and minor surgery) services, renal services including a Haemodialysis unit, two designated rehabilitation units along with a number of specialist outpatient clinics.

Funding has been provided in 2021 for this project which will deliver two Orthopaedic Theatres with ancillary accommodation for the provision of elective procedures. The theatres will be located in the vicinity of the existing main hospital block adjacent to the ground floor of the building. There will be a link corridor from the theatres to the existing hospital block.

Construction work on the development commenced in March 2021 with the project due to be completed by year end 2021.  The Theatres currently under construction are expected to be equipped and become operational by the service in January 2022.

This theatre facility will replace the theatre capacity lost and will also provide some additionality as the existing theatre could be used for injection/less complex cases.