A Galway TD says she is hopeful that the Government’s Capital Plan, which will be announced tomorrow, will provide for a new state of the art elective hospital for Galway and the west in Merlin Park.

Fine Gael Deputy Hildegarde Naughton told Midwest News today that she is happy with her discussions with the Minister and has every hope that a new facility will be announced tomorrow.

Deputy Naughton says she is confident the announcement will include the building of a large elective hospital, with hundreds of beds, for Galway on the Merlin Park site.

She says what it means in practical terms is that if you have a scheduled operation it will take place in Merlin Park and not the UHG Newcastle campus. It will also mean that day case and endoscopy procedures will, when development work is completed, take place in Merlin Park.

Deputy Naughton says the result will be the freeing up of hundreds of beds in UHG and an elimination of trolleys for those needing emergency care.

The Galway TD is also hopeful that a new oncology and radiation facility will be provided in Galway, along with the long awaited Emergency Department at UHG.

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