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The cost-benefit analysis for the multi-million euro extension to Sligo General Hospital has been completed. Approval has also been given to the HSE by the Department of Health and Children to request the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), which is the state agency responsible for all aspects of delivering the procurement of public private partnerships (PPP), to appoint technical advisors to the project. This marks a crucial point for the advancement of the project and means that the wider planning application is now on track to be made through the PPP process in early 2012.

The project at the North-West facility will consist of a major new structure and extension to the hospital providing accommodation for accident and emergency, fifty-seven surgical beds, a paediatrics department, an obstetrics department, and intensive care and high dependency units. Furthermore, the planning application, submitted in November 2010, sought approval for a ring-road, car-parking and utilities. Combined, these developments would allow for “additional capacity, superior patient treatment and comfort, as well as the optimum working environment for staff”, according to the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children Mary Coughlan. It is hoped the works will go to tender by spring.

The HSE’s National Cancer Screening Service also recently announced Sligo General Hospital as one of the 15 colonoscopy centres located around the country. These centres will support the national colorectal cancer screening programme due to be introduced in 2012. The announcement coincided with the launch by the European Commission of its first edition of the European Guidelines in Quality Assurance in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Diagnosis.