Minister Martin gives go-ahead for a major capital re-development at St. Vincent´s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin
Mr Micheál Martin, T.D., Minister for Health and Children, today (Thursday, 7th June 2001) announced his approval to the appointment of contractors for a major re-development of St. Vincent´s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin.
The project will involve the re-development of the following Departments:
- Accident and Emergency Department
- Intensive Care Unit
- Ambulatory Day Care
- Radiology and nuclear medicine
- Administration and concourse
- Operating Department
In addition, it will include the development of a new 54-bed psychiatric unit which will replace existing facilities at St. Vincent´s and at Vergemount, Clonskeagh.
Construction work is expected to commence shortly. The total cost to the Exchequer, including equipment and fees, is estimated at approximately £160m.
“This is by far the single biggest investment in the hospital since it opened. The project involves a major new development and some refurbishment of the existing hospital” said the Minister. “It is hugely significant for patients, who will now benefit from a wider range of hospital services, delivered from a modern, high-quality facility designed for the needs of the new millennium.”
The project represents a major Government investment in public hospital infrastructure and will herald a new era for St. Vincent´s and for the delivery of acute hospital services in South East Dublin and East Wicklow.
“This project, when completed and fully commissioned, will result in a vast improvement in facilities and will provide a greatly enhanced environment and service for patients, staff and visitors” said the Minister. “This project will be funded principally by the National Development Plan and demonstrates this Government´s commitment to the enhancement of our acute hospital services.”