August 9, 2020

Altnagelvin Hospital successfully handed over following fast tracked works to help fight Covid-19 in Northern Ireland

Building and civil engineering contractor Farrans has successfully handed over three additional inpatient wards on its Altnagelvin North Wing Hospital project in Londonderry.

The construction of these wards for the Western Health & Social Care Trust was ‘fast tracked’ ahead of schedule, as part of the Trust’s plan to manage the Covid-19 ‘surge’ capacity at the hospital.

The wards were originally scheduled for completion on 8th June but were advanced ahead of schedule to provide additional bed space in the hospital.

Glenn Gilmore, Farrans Regional Director on the project, has praised the outstanding work ethic and positivity of the team involved in this fast-tracking operation. He said: “I would personally like to thank our own site staff and supply chain for their drive and determination to assist with delivering this key project for the Western Trust.

“These are particularly unprecedented and challenging times for the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

“Farrans as a company is proud of everyone involved in the project for the commitment and dedication they have shown to deliver these ward spaces ahead of programme and play our part to assist our NHS frontline services in the fight against Covid-19.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for the significant effort undertaken to bring this invaluable space into operation as quickly as possible,” added Dr Anne Kilgallen, Western Trust Chief Executive. “Particular thanks goes to Farrans Construction, their sub-contractors and supply chain, for their support and commitment to delivering this for the hospital, in the face of extreme challenges to the construction sector.

“I would also like to thank the Design Team, led by HLM architects, CPD Health Project Team and the Trust’s own Strategic Capital Development team, for all their hard work and personal efforts.

“In what are very demanding times, the three new wards will allow us to provide clinical care and treatment to our patients in single ensuite rooms. This will improve the quality and experience for our patients, whilst supporting staff in their roles.”