Simon Harris confirmed the news today at University Hospital Galway
A new Emergency Department has been confirmed for University Hospital Galway (UHG).
Minister for State and Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South, Seán Kyne has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Health Simon Harris that a new Emergency Department will be built at UHG.
It was also announced that funding for its construction will be prioritised as part of the mid-term review of the Capital Plan which will take place this summer.
Minister Kyne was accompanying Minister Harris on a visit to UHG where the Minister visited the existing Emergency Department and met with senior managers and clinicians of the Saolta Group.
The Minister for State said "Today on his visit to UHG, which is part of a series of visits to hospitals nationwide, Minister Harris saw first-hand the urgent need for a new Emergency Department at UHG.
"UHG is one of the busiest acute and critical care hospitals in the country accounting for over 40% of all national air ambulance activity and receiving over 62,000 visits to the ED each year.
"In line with the Programme for Government commitment, funding for the construction of the new Emergency Department is on the agenda for the mid-term review of the Capital Plan and will be provided this year.
Minister Kyne said the construction of a new ED will take time and planning permission will take approximately four months.
In Galway and visited GUH. Pleased to announce funding to go to design phase of new Emergency Dept & commission plan for use of Merlin Park— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) February 20, 2017