Press Release

Minister approves £45 million hospital development for Longford/Westmeath

Number of beds to increase to 296

Mr Micheál Martin, Minister for Health and Children, today (19 July 2001) announced approval for Phase 2 B of Longford/Westmeath General Hospital. It is expected that this development will cost approximately £45million at current prices and will increase the number of beds from 198 to 296.

“This represents a major boost for the Midland region, the hospital and the services it provides,” said the Minister

“It will be of immense benefit to patients who will have access to a greatly enhanced level of service. The investment demonstrates this Government’s commitment to the enhancement of acute hospital services.”

The development of Phase 2 B will include the following departments:

  • Pathology
  • Theatres
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Day Surgery
  • Administration Services
  • Isolation facilities
  • Staff Changing Rooms
  • Staff Rest Rooms
  • Acute Psychiatric Unit
  • Rehabilitation Unit
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Catering Department
  • Day Services (other than Surgical)
  • I.C.U./C.C.U.
  • Concourse
  • Conference
  • Staff on-call accommodation

The funds for this project is allocated under the National Development Plan and will be additional to that already provided to the Midland Health Board under the Plan.