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Lobby plan to seek cash for ‘major refurbishment’ of Craigavon Area Hospital

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Almost £26 million is being invested in Craigavon Area Hospital over the next year, it has been revealed.

The money is going on essential works as well as the construction of the paediatric unit.

In addition, local Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd said he would continue to lobby to ensure further money was available for a “major refurbishment” of the hospital in the coming years.o'neill hospital

The expenditure was revealed in response to a question in the Assembly, tabled by Mr O’Dowd, to Health Minister Michelle O’Neill.

She confirmed her department intends to invest a total of £25.8 million in upgrading facilities over the next year, news which was welcomed by the Upper Bann MLA.

Mr O’Dowd said: “The confirmation of a £25.8m investment in the upgrading of the electrical capacity and mechanical infrastructure of the hospital – as well as the paediatric ward and ambulance care unit – is welcome news for staff and patients.

“It is also further confirmation that Craigavon Area Hospital is and will remain a centre of acute and general hospital services.”

The local Assemblyman added: “I am aware the hospital management are seeking a major refurbishment of the hospital in the coming years which will require a significant investment. o'dowd hospital

“I intend to lobby on their behalf to ensure that investment is secured and Craigavon Area Hospital is ready for another generation of patients and staff.”

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