By Lloyd Mudiwa.
December 13 proved to be unlucky for Letterkenny General Hospital when freak weather damaged the floor of a new emergency department, initially scheduled for completion early last month, pushing back opening plans to mid-2012, Irish Medical Times reports.
John Sisk & Sons were appointed as the main contractor in early October 2011, with construction envisaged to be completed in early February 2012.
John Hayes, HSE Area Manager, Donegal, said extreme adverse weather conditions on the night of December 13 caused an open culvert, which ran through the hospital campus, to overflow, causing some damage to the ground floor of the new medical block.
“The result of this damage and remedial work required will cause the completion of the construction works to be delayed by approximately six weeks,” he said.
Fortunately for Letterkenny General, the contractor acted immediately to minimise the damage and had begun to make repairs and replace finishes when required, Hayes said.
Furthermore, these additional works were being carried out in agreement with the contractor’s insurance company and no additional construction costs would be incurred by the project as a result of the flooding.