Poots announces £75million for new Omagh Hospital

09/08/2011

Poots announces £75million for new Omagh Hospital

Health Minister Edwin Poots today announced £75million for the first phase of a new local hospital in Omagh.

 

 In making this announcement during a visit to Omagh today, Mr Poots said: “I can confirm that I have made £75million available for the first phase of the new hospital in Omagh. This new facility will include a Health and Care centre with GP accommodation and will have intermediate care beds, a renal dialysis unit and a new Central Sterile Supplies Department. This £75million is in addition to the £25million already invested in the project to acquire the land and to undertake some of the enabling works.

 

“The progression of this scheme is important for the people of Omagh and will assist in the delivery of key services in a community setting and in a safe environment for both patients and staff.”

 

It is hoped that further enabling works will begin immediately with construction starting in 2013. This phase of the new hospital should be finished during 2016.Poots announces £75m for new Omagh Hospital

 

Mr Poots went on to say: “It is great news for the local community that the first phase of this new facility is well and truly on the way. It is particularly pleasing to progress enhanced local hospital and the Health and Care centre element of this project which will provide first class accommodation for local delivery of services."

 

Mr Poots met staff and patients at Tyrone County Hospital before visiting the site and viewing the plans for the new facility.

 

Gerard Guckian, Western Health and Social Care Trust Chairman, said he was delighted that work would be progressing on the new hospital in Omagh.

 

Mr Guckian said: "The Health Minister's commitment of £75million for the first phase of the Enhanced Local Hospital for Omagh is excellent news and very much welcomed. The Western Trust has been involved in extensive planning for this project over a significant period of time and we have been eager to move forward with it. I am delighted that the Minister's commitment now will allow construction of these modern and much needed health care facilities in the Enhanced Local Hospital for Omagh to commence."