The construction of two replacement orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park University Hospital site is making progress and will be completed in the coming months.
The Saolta group confirmed that construction of the 620m2 theatre building, which began in March, is on track to be completed by the end of 2021.
The development consists of a theatre building which includes two operating theatres, along with the necessary ancillary accommodation to support the theatre suites.
This building will be connected to the main hospital block building by a short pedestrian link corridor which will be the access point for patients and staff to the theatre building.
Speaking about the progress, hospital manager Chris Kane said that these theatres have been long-awaited and will be used for elective orthopaedic activity such as hip and knee replacement surgery.
“Once the theatres are fully operational we will be able to restore the previous level of elective surgery in Merlin Park,” she said.
The overall capital allocation for the project is €10.2m which includes design, construction and equipping costs.
Once the construction work is completed the theatres will be commissioned and it is anticipated that the new theatre block will be in use by early 2022.