THE CRUCIAL 60-bed block at University Hospital Limerick that has received its funding go-ahead may not be able to admit patients until late 2020, the UL Hospitals Group has indicated.
This Monday, it was announced that the UHL block received €15.8m in funding as part of the HSE capital plan for 2019, following weeks of widespread confusion and concern over the provision of funding for the project.
The news also comes after the HSE announced €2m enabling works for the project, which have already commenced.
The allocated €15.8m will fund the design and building of the 60-bed unit.
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“It is anticipated that the design of the main works will commence in late May 2019 once contracts are signed and an agreed state date is in place. It is anticipated that the design and build phase will take 15 months to complete,” a spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group told the Leader.
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“Once the building is handed over by the contractor, the equipping/commissioning of the unit should take a further two months to complete before the 60-bed block is ready to start admitting patients.”
That indicates a delivery time of around October 2020.
The Leader asked if the first patient will be admitted in October 2020. The spokesperson said that they “are working on ensuring the project is delivered as soon as possible”.
“The total capital cost of this project is estimated to be €19.5 million. This is a significant project for the Midwest region that will begin to address the acknowledged shortfall in bed capacity and UL Hospitals Group will make every effort to ensure the project is delivered as soon as possible.”