One of Merlin Park Hospital’s Orthopaedic operating theatres has reopened after closed being for over six months.
No Orthopaedic surgeries have taken place at Merlin Park Hospital since last year when severe leaks were found in the roof above the surgery theatres in September.
Since then a number of elective surgeries have been moved to University Hospital Galway to ease the pressure.
In addition, Saolta has said that it hopes two modular surgical units will be able to begin receiving patients in October.
While one of the theatres reopened yesterday, there is still no news on when the other theatre will reopen.
Galway-Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy welcomed the news on social media but says there is still more work to be done to tackle the backlog of surgeries which has accumulated.
One orthopaedic theatre in Merlin Park Hospital, Galway to re-open today-welcome news but it will only go some way towards tackling the huge backlog of cancelled operations- we need to get the other theatres re-opened as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/gYF20staDm
— Eugene Murphy TD (@EugeneMurphyTD) March 21, 2018