New 60-bed block completed at University Hospital Limerick

Four-storey facility will improve the patient experience and enable improved infection prevention and control

The new four-storey ward block has three inpatient wards

Contractor, Western Building Systems, has handed over a new 60-bed medical block at University Hospital Limerick.

The new facilities comprises four storeys, with three inpatient wards of 20 en-suite rooms over a basement level.

The first of the wards opened this week, with the other two wards due to open in January.

The new block will provide modern, single-room inpatient accommodation, improving the experience for patients in terms of comfort, privacy and dignity and enabling staff to isolate patients and improve infection prevention and control.

The facility was delivered on time despite COVID-19 restrictions

Colette Cowan, chief executive of UL Hospitals Group, which runs the hospital, said: “This bright modern accommodation is no less than what our patients and our staff deserve after many years where system-wide pressures have left too many of our patients facing long waits for a bed.

“Delivery of this project in such a short timeframe is a great achievement in spite of the enormous challenges this pandemic has presented around the supply chain, logistics, workplace safety and so much more.”

Western also delivered a 14 bed, two-storey modular unit as part of the contract and was recently awarded the contract to build a new COVID-19 testing facility at the same location.

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