Management at Letterkenny Hospital today confirmed that services will start to move into the new Emergency Department and Medical Block from next Thursday,13th September.
A number of project teams have been working continually over the last six months since the building was handed over to the Hospital by John Sisk & Co. to prepare this facility for delivery of patient care.
This work has culminated in agreement this morning between Hospital Management and Staff Trade Union Representatives with regard to the staffing arrangements to be implemented in the new building.
Hospital Manager Seán Murphy noted that the opening of this new facility and the various service changes it will involve constitute the single biggest development in the Hospital for 31 years.
The timetable for the move is as follows:
The Emergency Department and Acute Medical Assessment Unit will move to the new building on Thursday, 13th September.
The current Medical 3 Ward will move to Level 2 of the new building on Tuesday, 18th September.
The current Medical 2 Ward will move to Level 4 of the new building on Thursday, 20th September.
The current Medical 1 Ward will move to Level 3 of the new building on Tuesday, 25th September.
Dr Anne Flood, Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Project Manager for the commissioning of the new building, noted that these moves will involve significant disruption to the Hospital’s normal delivery of service and requested the patience and co-operation of the public and visitors to the Hospital during these few weeks.
Dr Flood and Mr Michael Martin, Project Manager for the Capital Project, would like to thank all those staff and trade union representatives who have worked with them on the commissioning and planning project teams and project sub groups to ensure we were able to achieve this enhancement of patient care.
Hospital Manager Seán Murphy commented: “This tremendous development for the provision of Emergency Care and General Medical Services at the Hospital would not have been possible without the tireless effort and hard work of so very many people.
“Most importantly both Dr Flood and myself would like to pay tribute to the many staff who have co-operated with the changes required to their working arrangements in order to be able to open this facility. These individuals have demonstrated yet again the tremendous commitment of the Hospital staff to delivering the best possible Clinical Care to our patients irrespective of the challenges and changes required.
“Today’s announcement is a reflection of the Clinical, Managerial, and Trade Union Leadership and Staff commitment that allows Letterkenny Regional Hospital to continue its mission to deliver quality patient care despite the many challenges we currently face.”