Work finally gets underway on new MRI scanner and 72 bed ward at Kilkenny hospital
Work has began on a number of projects at St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny in what is estimated to be a €32 million upgrade.
This week ground was finally broken on the long-awaited MRI scanner project, as well as a new five-storey, 72-bed ward extension and a new facility for the testing and treatment of Covid-19.
The new €30 million, 72-bed ward is due to replace some existing wards at the hospital. It is expected work on the new buildings will be completed next year.
Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan (pictured below) this morning welcomed the news that the extension and MRI building at St Luke’s has finally began.
Deputy Phelan said: “This is a transformative development for Kilkenny and for our healthcare service in the region. We’ve had to overcome many hurdles but the ball is now rolling.
“Never before have single rooms been more important in our healthcare service and Covid has shown us the value of investment in infection control facilities such as this.
“I would like to commend the hospital management and staff, the Friends of St Luke’s and everyone who has rallied together over several years to get to this point,” Deputy Phelan added.