Sligo University Hospital in Ireland has launched a 290m2 extension to its Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The extension comprises a single storey building next to the existing ICU, featuring four ensuite isolation rooms with related facilities.

Furthermore, as part of the project, the existing ICU is being renovated and work till date has involved upgrading the existing isolation rooms to meet current rules and adding auxiliary facilities, such as a staff base and utility rooms.

This new extension has its own central nursing station and is accessible from the current ICU on level eight. It will be aided by extra staff, including nurses, health, medical and social care professionals, and additional staff grades.

The hospital’s critical care capacity will increase from six to eight beds, introducing new single-room facilities within the ICU. With this, the hospital will be able to deliver several levels of critical care inside the setting, such as ICU level 3 care and HDU level 2 care.

Sligo University Hospital manager Grainne McCann said: “The development of our critical care unit improves our capability to provide timely and safe access to adequate critical care beds in order to achieve good outcomes for patients.”

Perioperative Directorate associate clinical director and consultant anaesthesiologist Dr Wouter Jonker said: “This much needed infrastructural improvements will provide single room isolation capacity for airborne and other infections meeting internationally recognised infection control standards.”

Acting Estates manager Kevin Gunn said: “This project was completed at an overall cost of €4.6m. The building is fully compliant with the Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standard. We would like to thank the design team led by Rhatigan Architects and all the contractors, led by main contractor Kilcawley Construction, for their work in getting the project completed.”