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Mater's new wards and A&E are taking shape as builders press on

BUILDING work on a new emergency department at the Mater University Hospital campus is at an advanced stage.

It is among the state-of-the-art facilities being built as part of the Mater Campus Hospital Development project.

The new emergency department, approximately double the size of the current one, will open under phase two of the development project.

The new facilities to be provided under the development will include a new outpatients department, 12 new theatres, an intensive care unit and high dependency unit departments, a new radiology department, as well as a new 444-space basement car park on two levels.

In addition there will be 120 beds in the unit, all of which will be single rooms.

"Phase 1 in May 2012 includes the opening of the outpatients, catering and technical services departments. Phase 2 in September includes the opening of an emergency department, operating theatres, intensive care unit, radiology department and wards," said a hospital spokesman.

Meanwhile, Beaumont Hospital in Dublin continues to be affected by the winter vomiting bug. There were 42 patients with the symptoms of the virus at Beaumont Hospital yesterday with a total of 15 beds closed.

The hospital has continued to appeal to the public to refrain from making unnecessary visits.

"No children are allowed to visit in any circumstances," a spokesman said.