Minister given guided tour of new theatres at local hospital

Health Minister Edwin Poots in the new theatres in Craigavon Area Hospital INPT39 023
Health Minister Edwin Poots in the new theatres in Craigavon Area Hospital INPT39 023

Health Minister Edwin Poots was given a guided tour of the newly refurbished theatres at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The Minister was also shown around the theatre recovery wards also was completed as part of a £12.3 million theatre redevelopment project at the County Armagh Hospital.

It’s the latest phase of the theatre construction project: an impressive new 22 bed patient recovery ward.

Craigavon Area Hospital now has some of the latest, state-of-the-art, modern theatres following an extensive refurbishment of existing theatres and the construction of 2 new theatres on the site.

Work on this ambitious project began in May 2011 and is being carried out in a number of phases which will complete in May 2014.

Minister Poots, a DUP MLA in Lagavn Valley, said he was impressed by the work done so far at Craigavon.

He said,“I extend my congratulations to everybody involved in this impressive theatre construction project.

“The work completed on this refurbishment ensures that Craigavon Hospital’s theatre facility meets the highest modern standards and patients coming to the Hospital will continue to receive safe, high quality care in the most up-to-date theatre facilities.”

Mairead McAlinden Southern Trust chief executive said,“There have been a series of projects to upgrade the theatres at Craigavon Area Hospital in recent years.

“In 2009, a new build Theatre 5 was constructed and Trauma and Orthopaedic theatres were subsequently built in 2010.

“Almost £5 million is being invested in additional theatre accommodation at Daisy Hill Hospital which will be operational from winter 2013.

“I wish to thank the Minister for this latest investment and his on-going support to improve our hospital buildings across the trust,” said Mrs McAlinden.

The population served by Southern Trust hospitals continues to grow at well above the Northern Ireland average, so it is critically important that our staff have the skills, expertise and high quality facilities to continue to meet the needs of this growing population.”