Two hospitals set for €100m expansion

A LEADING private healthcare group is to plough €100 million into massive expansions at its hospitals in Cork and Galway.

The Bon Secours Health System announced details yesterday of how the money will be spent and said the investment will create up to 300 construction jobs over the next two years, and a further 130 healthcare jobs once the developments are completed.

The bulk of the investment, at almost €85m, will be spent building a new five-storey 80-room wing, which has already secured planning permission, at its Cork facility on College Road.

It will also feature a new cancer centre with radiotherapy and specialised scanners.

The hospital already has well established cancer services incorporating multi-disciplinary teams in medical oncology, surgery, radiology and pathology.

The new radiotherapy services will mean the Bon Secours Cancer Centre will provide a full range of state-of-the-art cancer services for patients. The expansion will also include:

* Three new operating theatres, including two ‘clean air’ orthopaedic theatres, representing a major expansion of its orthopaedic services.

* More day ward inpatient facilities.

* New laboratory and endoscopy services.

* And a 400-space multi-storey car park.

Hospital manager Harry Canning said the new expansion will help management “raise the bar” in terms of infection prevention and control.

The balance of €15m will be spent in the Galway hospital to provide 50 new bedrooms and a new physiotherapy department and dining room, housed on three levels at the front of the hospital on the Dublin road side.

This represents the second phase of an overall €50m investment on the site.

Hospital management are expected to begin a detailed design process soon with a view to construction starting early in the New Year.

The projects should take two years to complete.

Pat Lyons, group chief executive of the Bon Secours Health System, said: “The announcement reflects our response to the growing demand from our consultants, general practitioners and patients for additional facilities and services in our hospitals,” he said.

The Bon Secours Health System is the largest private healthcare provider in Ireland. It has five hospitals in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Tralee. It recently became one of the first hospital groups in the country to be re-accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) – an independent international organisation focused on improving the safety of patient care.

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