UL Hospitals Group has announced a target of May 2017 for the opening of the new Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick.
The hospital serves many patients in Tipperary, especially those from around the north of the county.
The contractors are due to hand over the project at the end of Q1 2017 and it will take a number of weeks for the new department to be equipped and prepared for opening.
Significant training of existing staff will be necessary to allow them familiarise themselves with the new work environment; new patient flow processes and state-of-the-art new equipment before transferring to the new ED, which will be three times the size of the existing ED.
In addition, over 90 additional WTE staff are being targeted for the new ED in a recruitment drive which is already underway.
Colette Cowan, UL Hospitals Group CEO, said: “Opening the new ED as soon as possible is the number one priority for UL Hospitals Group, and for me as CEO, at present. I regret that it can’t open sooner but it is more important to get it right than to open too soon without the proper systems and safeguards in place.”
Once the new ED is handed over, a deep clean will be undertaken before equipment can be installed and tested and the new ED fully stocked ahead of opening.