October start for 96 bed unit at Limerick hospital

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Computer gererated image of the 96-bed unit at UHL

CONSTRUCTION on the long-promised 96 bed extension at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is to get under way in early October with a projected completion date in September 2024.

The new single occupancy rooms will increase bed numbers at the Dooradoyle campus to 194 since 2020 and are part of a series of measures to address the overcrowding crisis at the regional hospital.

The new extension will be a four-storey, 96 single-bed, acute inpatient ward block with a gross floor area of 9,817 sq m located above the existing renal and emergency department.

John Sisk & Son have been appointed main contractor for the €90 million project.

Welcoming confirmation of a date for the start of construction, Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell said that the Mid West region had inadequate bed capacity and he had been campaigning for additional beds at UHL for many years.

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“A new 60 bed block was built in 2020 and and additional 38 new beds were provided during the Covid pandemic, which along with this new 96-bed block, will bring the total new beds at the UHL site in Dooradoyle to 194 by late 2024,” he explained.