Altnagelvin opens three new wards ahead of schedule

Mon, 20/04/2020 - 16:08 -- Editor

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) has announced that three new inpatients wards are now available at Altnagelvin Hospital as part of the hospital’s ‘North Wing’ development.

The construction of these wards have been ‘fast tracked’ ahead of schedule as part of the Trust’s plan to manage COVID-19 ‘surge’ capacity at the hospital. The wards were originally scheduled for completion on the 8 June 2020 but were advanced ahead of schedule to provide additional hospital bed space earlier than June, should the hospital require this.

Western Trust Chief Executive, Dr Anne Kilgallen, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved for the significant effort undertaken to bring this invaluable space into operation as quickly as possible. Particular thanks goes to Farrans Construction, their subcontractors and supply chain, for their support and commitment to delivering this for the hospital, in the face of extreme challenges to the construction sector. I would also like to thank the Design Team, led by HLM architects, the Department of Finance’s Health Project Team, CPD Health Projects and the Trust’s own Strategic Capital Development team, for all their hard work and personal efforts.

“In what are very demanding times, the three new wards will allow us to provide clinical care and treatment to our patients in single ensuite rooms. This will improve the quality and experience for our patients, whilst support staff in their roles.”