Plans revealed to transform Mid-Ulster Hospital

The Mid-Ulster Hospital.
The Mid-Ulster Hospital.

PLANS to transform the Mid-Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt have been submitted to planners.

The new look site is set to include a relocated ‘Doctor on Call’ service, administrative and bed blocks and a brand new pharmacy department.

Drawings passed to planners also show proposals for an extension to the front of the main hospital building.

Belfast based architects Povall Worthington, who have applied for a ‘Certificate of Lawfullness’ to develop the site, put forward proposals to transform three buildings within the hospital’s estate.

They include Thompson House, the front of the main hospital building and a small section of the Community Service Centre across the road which is owned by the Northern Trust.

The plans are part of a Northern Trust scheme to reuse vacant accommodation on the Hospital Road site as part of the Department of Health’s Transforming Your Care (TYC) proposals.

A Northern Trust draft business case for the Mid-Ulster Hospital site, seen by the MAIL states: “The Trust will terminate leases in DUC premises, Moneymore, Numbers 3 & 4 Cornstore, Moneymore and the 2nd floor, Diamond Centre, Magherafelt.

“The proposal will provide a new chronic conditions assessment and treatment area for the outpatient physiotherapy service, located beside the community occupational therapy assessment area, the cardiac rehabilitation area and the acquired brain injury rehabilitation area.”

The business case also outlines how the area’s midwifery service will remain on site, however it suggests moving it to a new work space with consulting rooms “which they will share with other health professionals”.

It adds: “Dieticians and Speech and language therapists will also run Version 1_ Draft 1 clinics in this area.”

The draft document estimates the scheme will cost in the region of almost half-a-million pounds.

Following the downgrading of services at the Magherafelt hospital in 2006, which saw its maternity unit and Accident and Emergency department closed, a number of vacant buildings and areas exist on-site.