A new maternity unit will be included in the new five-storey building proposed for University Hospital Galway.
A new Emergency Department will occupy two floors of the new 5-storey block, along with a new maternity unit comprising delivery suites, theatres and beds, as well as a paediatric unit on the top floor.
Plans for the new building were outlined at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, on foot of a question by Tuam-based Councillor Donagh Killilea who asked if there were any plans to upgrade maternity services at the Galway hospital.
Chief Operating Officer of the Saolta Hospital Group Anne Cosgrove said there are no plans to upgrade the current maternity unit, as maternity services will be relocated to the planned new building, and said the design stage of the 5-storey block will be signed off within weeks.
However, it could take five years for the building to be completed.
Councillor Donagh Killilea says the current maternity unit at UHG dates back to the 1950's and is no longer fit for purpose.
He told Midwest News that a new maternity unit is a welcome development....