A £2.6 million refurbishment of Lurgan Hospital – carried out in four phases over two years – has just been completed.
One of the major works included in the development was a new fire evacuation bed lift, which is visible from the outside of the building.
The work also included the refurbishment of wards and the dining room, as well as environmental improvements, the replacement of windows and external redecoration, plus a three storey extension to the entrance.
A further 30 car parking spaces – as well as resurfacing works – have been carried out too as part of the overall works package.
Sinn Fein representatives in the town – MLA John O’Dowd and local Craigavon councillors – have enjoyed a tour of the new-look hospital and met with representatives of the Southern Health Trust.
They have been full of praise for the investment and revamped facilities.
“The expenditure of over a £2.6m pounds on Lurgan Hospital is a worthwhile investment in the delivery of future health provision for those user groups that benefit from this facility,” said Mr O’Dowd.
“The upgrading of this resource, at the heart of the community, allows patients to access services, while maintaining the independence of remaining in their own homes.”
Councillor Mairead O’Dowd added: “On behalf of Sinn Féin I would like to thank the Southern Health and Social Care Trust for facilitating our visit and to congratulate them on the range of out-patient and in-patient services they deliver from Lurgan Hospital.
“The recent investment has modernised services and made them more accessible for both patients and their families.”