26th November 2009

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry hailed the beginning of works at Nenagh General, in accordance with his agreement with an Taoiseach, as a major step forward for the Hospital, with work on a new endoscopy unit beginning in earnest.

Sanction and funding has also been secured for a new lift system to ensure accessibility to the proposed new surgical theatre suite.

Lowry said, “The sanctioning of funding and the beginning of works is a major step forward in securing the future of Nenagh General Hospital.

I am confident that the beginning of this work will pave the way for the hospital to enter into a new era in its capacity to deliver further procedures and services to the people of North Tipperary and the Mid West.

During the course of discussions in relation to the formation of this Government, the provision of the endoscopy unit and the new lift system were identified to me by the hospital management and HSE personnel as being absolutely essential to the future of surgical provision at Nenagh General Hospital.

I am delighted that I have been in a position to deliver on this issue and I will continue to work to ensure that the main surgical theatre project is progressed to completion.”

Work begins on the construction of a two-room endoscopy suite attached to the hospital. This project will facilitate development of endoscopy services on site which will enhance the delivery of gastroenterological diagnostics at the hospital and for the region. Clinical leadership for such a unit is already in place at Nenagh Hospital as a Consultant Gastroenterologist is on site.

This project will allow Nenagh Hospital to develop efficient services which will be compliant with any review of service delivery across the region. It represents a very positive development in increasing the ability of the hospital to become a centre of excellence for healthcare in the Mid West.