Almost two years after two operating theatres at Merlin Park Hospital were closed due to a leaking roof, the modular theatres promised for the hospital have not yet become a reality.

In October 2016, two theatres at the hospital closed, and one of the refurbished theatres reopened in March this year to deal with patients on orthopaedic waiting lists in the West.

However, the provision of two modular operating theatres has not yet become a reality, despite the fact that there are over 6,000 patients currently waiting for surgery.

Galway City FG Councillor Padraig Conneely questioned HSE management on the issue at yesterday's HSE Regional Forum meeting in Merlin Park Hospital, where he was told the modular theatres should be in place in the first half of 2019.

Speaking with Midwest News, Councillor Conneely said progress on the matter is very disappointing....

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