Mayo University Hospital (MUH) in Ireland has announced plans for a significant expansion of its Emergency Department (ED) and the development of a new Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU).

The project involves constructing a two-storey extension, with the ED on the ground floor and the AMAU above it.

These new facilities will be built in the courtyard adjacent to the existing ED, which is also set to undergo major revamp.

The ground floor ED extension will provide additional patient cubicles, isolation facilities, a gynaecology treatment suite, and necessary staff and clinical support spaces.

This development aims to ensure complete separation of adult and paediatric care and to improve patient streaming and resuscitation facilities for critically ill patients.

The ground floor will also include a single-storey section for additional support accommodation for the ED.

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On the first floor, the AMAU is designed to enhance the acute medical programme with assessment cubicles, isolation facilities, and private consultation areas.

The unit will facilitate direct patient admissions from general practitioners and transfers from the ED, integrating seamlessly with inpatient services as part of an acute care unit.

Furthermore, this project includes a new entrance for ambulances and improvements to the existing ambulance drop-off area to boost emergency vehicle capacity.

The development will be executed in several phases, with preliminary enabling works expected to start by mid-2024. The main building extension’s construction is due to begin by mid-2025.

MUH hospital manager Catherine Donohoe said: “This project will have a transformative impact for our Hospital and will result in much better patient experience.

“It will support staff to provide high quality care in an efficient and effective way. The dual development will result in having the right patients in the right place and giving assured pathways for our patient and good access for our GP colleagues.

“It will assist us in meeting the growing service demands while providing an improved environment for our staff as well as our patients.”

MUH forms part of Saolta University Health Care Group, which also comprises Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH), Merlin Park University Hospital (MPUH), Portiuncula University Hospital (PUH), Roscommon University Hospital (RUH), Sligo University Hospital (SUH), and University Hospital Galway (UHG).