Dáil Éireann - Volume 492 - 16 June, 1998

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

42. Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will establish facilities for neuro-surgery at University Hospital Galway. [14238/98]

Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Cowen): As the Deputy will be aware, in April of this year I announced a major phase 2 capital development for University College Hospital Galway which will enable the development of the hospital as a major regional centre providing the range of specialities associated with a university teaching hospital. Planning for this phase, the projected cost of which is some £43 million, is now under way. The phase 2 development at the hospital will provide for cardiac surgery and radiotherapy facilities, trauma orthopaedic beds, a burns unit, additional ICU beds, an MRI unit, a new medical social work department and a new concourse to include administration, admissions and medical social work.

[812] The establishment of neuro-surgery facilities at the hospital is not envisaged in the foreseeable future.