Formal approval for an €18.4m extension to Mayo University Hospital has been welcomed this afternoon.
After meeting with HSE West, Deputy Alan Dillon said approval for the project has come from HSE Estates and work is expected to commence next year and be completed by 2023.
The development is currently awaiting the appointment of a building design time which is expected to be in place before the end of this year.
Deputy Dillon said the extension will “greatly increase capacity at the hospital’s emergency department.
” Capacity has become an increasingly difficult situation at the hospital in recent years and the new extension will go a long way in increasing the space at the Emergency Department.”
“The existing Emergency Department was built for around 25,000 patients per annum and has been operating under incredible pressure with numbers often exceeding that by 10,000 annually. Getting formal approval from HSE Estates is a critical step in progressing the extension at the hospital and I will be following-up with Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, to ensure the Building Design Team is appointed without delay,” said Deputy Dillon.