The new assessment area at the extended SUH emergency department
Donegal users and visitors will be pleased that an extension to the Emergency Department (ED) at Sligo University Hospital (SUH) came into operation this morning, Friday, January 14.
Many who use the hospital will have seen the major works taking place there over the past year, in what has been an investment of over €3million and because of its modular construction, taken just ten months to complete.
The only caveat to the good news is that the extension hasn’t increased capacity to treat additional patients in the ED.
New waiting room at SUH's Emergency Department
The extension consists of a modular two storey building at the front of the hospital with a new ED reception area, an area for Covid-19 assessment and a waiting area which is separated into adult and child waiting rooms.
There is also a new nursing triage area and an ambulance arrival area on the ground floor.
The second storey houses offices, staff changing areas and rest room along with a training room for ED staff.
New Emergency Department reception area at SUH
Grainne McCann, Hospital Manager said:
“The extension to our ED gives us additional space to assess patients on arrival for COVID-19 and then make sure that they are cared for safely, with Covid and non-Covid patients in separate areas. This is something that has been a real challenge for us to date within the existing footprint of the hospital and the additional space we have now is very welcome.
“The extension also includes a new reception area where people check in, with a new waiting area. We now have the space for a waiting room for children which is separate to the waiting room for adults. This is something that we had previously but then had to change as part of the Covid-19 measures to free up space.
New treatment area at the Emergency Department of Sligo University Hospital
“Even though the extension hasn’t increased our capacity to treat additional patients in the ED, it does mean that the facilities for patients and staff are greatly improved.”
Kevin Gunn, A/Estates Manager, HSE Capital and Estates said:
“This challenging project was completed within 10 months at an overall cost of €3.2m. The building is fully compliant with the Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standard. We would like to thank all the contractors and their sub-contractors for their work in getting the project completed.
"Enabling works were carried out by Donlon Civil and Building Services Sligo, the building structure was supplied by off-site construction specialist McAvoy Group and the internal fit-out was completed by McDermott and Trearty Construction.”
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