Northern Ireland

£53m critical care building opens at Ulster Hospital

Ulster Hospital graphic
Image caption The Health Minister said the £53m building has the best facilities in the UK

A new £53m critical care building has been officially opened at the Ulster Hospital.

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey attended a special ceremony at the new complex in Dundonald on Monday morning.

He described the multi-million pound building as one of the most technologically advanced medical facilities in the UK.

The facility opened to patients last month.

Speaking at the official opening Mr McGimpsey said: "Patients will be treated by highly skilled teams working in the most modern, state of the art operating theatres available.

"Post operative recovery and intensive care will be provided in a purpose-built environment designed for maximum efficiency.

"No-one could fail to be impressed by the quality of the new facility and in particular, I want to thank staff for their continued professionalism and dedication to enhancing the experience for patients and improving clinical outcomes."

The new critical care building is part of a redevelopment programme at the Ulster Hospital. It took over three years to complete and cost £53m.

The Health Minister labelled the unit as the "most advanced department in Ireland", with services including operating theatres, intensive care, laboratories and sterile services.