The HSE plans to progress a number of key health projects in the north west in the coming year as part of its 2017 Service Plan.
The Plan was published yesterday and includes plans to set up the new diabetes centre at Sligo University Hospital as well as work to repair damage done due to flooding at Letterkenny Hospital.
Meanwhile, community projects such as Ballymote Health Centre are also set to be finished in the coming year.
The new diabtetes centre for children and adults is set to open at Sligo University Hospital on a phased basis in 2017.
The centre is long-awaited for those with Type 1 diabetes in the region and planning permission was granted earlier this week.
Upgrades to the building and the boiler room at the hospital will also be carried out.
A new neuroscience facility will be in place at the HSE’s Molloway House in Sligo by the Springtime.
In Letterkenny University Hospital, restoration work is to be done on the critical care unit and oncology wards by next Autumn – the work is being carried out following flooding at the hospital in 2013.
In the community, upgrade work will be carried out at a community nursing unit in Killybegs and Ballymote which provides services for older people – this is to ensure compliance as set out by HIQA.
Work on a brand new primary care centre for Ballymote in south Sligo is ongoing at the moment and the HSE has confirmed that work is set to be finished towards the end of next year.
The upgrade work at the HSE’s headquarters in Manorhamilton is also set to be finished in the third quarter of 2017.