August 12, 2008

Hospital Gets New Heart Facility


ALTNAGELVIN Hospital bosses today revealed plans for a Pounds 14m expansion, with a new wing to cater for heart and stroke patients having now received the green light.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust has been given the go- ahead for the next phase of its strategic development plan at the hospital.

The approval came at the most recent meeting of the Trust's board, with the Pounds 14.1m investment marking the second phase of the South Block development.

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has also given approval for a further Pounds 1.6m to design a refurbishment plan for the main tower block.

Following the board meeting, Alan Moore, Western Trust assistant director of Capital Planning and Development, said: "The work will be carried out on a site adjacent to first phase of the new South Block which is under construction and already represents a Pounds 33m investment.

"This is another step on what is an exciting journey for the Western Trust as it moves forward with its strategic development on the Altnagelvin site and reflects the Trust's commitment to providing the highest possible quality of service to the community of the West.

"This phase of the development will incorporate ward accommodation for stroke services, acute medical unit (AMU) and coronary care unit and cardiology ward."

Work on the new facilities at the hospital are expected to be completed in early 2010.

The investment in the design and construction for the scheme is Pounds 14.1m and funding has been made available from the Department of Health for the project.

Over the past year, Health Minister Mr McGimpsey has announced a series of new facilities and upgrades at the Derry hospital site.

Originally published by BRENDAN McDAID [email protected]

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