Modular extension for Mayo hospital emergency department

‘Existing facility designed for 20,000 patients catered for 40,000 in 2016.’

Sligo News File

A modular structure looks set to be used to extend the overcrowded emergency department of Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.

Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary.

Replying to Dail questions from Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary, Minister for Health Simon Harris said there was a long-term proposal to provide a new emergency department in the hospital “but we need an interim solution and to see how we can extend the existing emergency department.

“The only interim solution I see is modular build. The HSE estates office is working with Mayo University Hospital to review and discuss the proposal.

“There is some follow-up work required on the scope of the design and the hospital management is familiar with that. However, I accept the point that we need to see if we can do something quite quickly on it. I will examine it in that context …”

Calleary said the emergency department was designed for 20,000 patients but catered for 40,000 in 2016. This, he said, “is placing the fantastic staff and patients under intolerable stress.”