Minister gives update on Mayo hospital capital expenditure projects

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has provided a detailed breakdown of the capital expenditure projects planned for Mayo University Hospital.

In response to a parliamentary question by Mayo TD Alan Dillon, the minister said the HSE has advised that there are a number of capital developments both in progress or under consideration for delivery at Mayo University Hospital.

The following is a brief summary of the status of these projects.

Electrical Upgrade Works: A Design Team was appointed for the project in May 2019 and the design of the electrical and civil works has progressed in the intervening period.

The project includes the provision of a new energy centre in the general proximity of the existing energy centre at the hospital.

It includes the installation of new switchboards and the segregation of electrical load between two new transformers along with installation of additional generator capacity and associated civil engineering and building works.

A planning permission application has been submitted to Mayo County Council and a decision is expected imminently.

HSSD (Hospital Sterile Services Department) reconfiguration and upgrade: A feasibility study has been completed for the reconfiguration of the HSSD Department at Mayo University Hospital and detailed design is now being progressed for the project.

The current facility was constructed circa 2000 as part of phase two works and requires upgrading. The scope of works includes the replacement of the existing autoclave equipment and building reconfiguration works to achieve compliance with the latest decontamination standards.

The existing HSSD facility will need to be kept operational during the duration of the upgrade works.

Emergency Department Expansion: A proposal has been developed to provide a new extension in the courtyard area at Mayo University Hospital.

This extension would primarily facilitate the expansion and reconfiguration of the emergency department at ground floor level, while the Medical Assessment Unit could be relocated to first floor level.

The exact scope of this proposal is currently being finalised with a view to being in a position to progress approval of the project and the subsequent procurement of a design team subject to funding availability and overall project prioritisation in 2020.

Bed Capacity: The options of the provision of single room en-suite bed capacity at Mayo University are currently being reviewed and appraised with a view to preparing a formal capital investment proposal.

Ward Quality: A proposal has been developed to address a number of identified quality issues with regard to the current inpatient ward accommodation namely to upgrade en-suite facilities and ward bathrooms along with a window replacement programme for the wards.

Progression will be subject to both funding availability and the ability to vacate areas prior to the winter period.

Interim Modular Treatment Space: A proposal for temporary treatment/assessment rooms is current being scoped as part of potential further Covid-19 emergency works at Mayo University Hospital to support the segregation of patients during the forthcoming winter period at the hospital.

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