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Minister Simon Harris Officially Opens Beacon Hospital’s Newly Expanded Endoscopy Unit

Beacon Hospital invests over €34 million in new diagnostic equipment and world-class Endoscopy, Oncology and Urology Facilities

Minister Harris officially opens Beacon Hospital’s newly expanded Endoscopy Unit

The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD is visiting Beacon Hospital today to mark the investment of €34.2 million by the hospital in state of the art diagnostic equipment and facilities.

As well as a €14.2 million capital investment in new and expanded facilities in the areas of endoscopy, oncology and urology, the development plan includes a €20 million ten-year diagnostic equipment contract with GE Healthcare which will ensure that patients at the hospital will benefit from the most technologically advanced diagnostic imaging and scanning equipment available in Ireland.

In his first visit to Beacon Hospital as Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today conducted the official opening of the hospital’s newly expanded endoscopy facility, which has received a €7 million investment. Four dedicated endoscopy suites have been fitted out with the latest endoscopic technology and patient management application. The facility will be used by screening and diagnostics, and is available to both public and private patients. More than 6,000 scopes (colonoscopies and endoscopies) were conducted at Beacon Hospital last year, and the expansion opened today will enable it double that figure in the next year.

Also included in the capital investment programme is a new 4,000 sq. ft., Cancer Care Day Ward which will see the hospital build its cancer care day unit services by 40%, and an expanded urology department with four dedicated procedure rooms where ambulatory, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are undertaken. Beacon Hospital’s urology team, one of the largest and most specialised in Ireland, carried out more than 5,000 procedures in 2015.

At the official opening of the expanded Endoscopy Service at the Beacon Hospital today, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD said: “I am delighted to be here today to mark this ambitious, visionary and far reaching capital investment and development plan. These new developments – which I am very pleased to visit today – the Cancer Day Ward, the expanded Urology Unit and the expanded Endoscopy Services, ensure that the Beacon can continue to meet the needs of its patients. These will help to accommodate the inevitable increased demand that our changing demographics will bring.  I wish you every success with your continued development and investment plan, a plan which continues to put patients and their care at the centre of all clinical decisions made, which is ultimately where they should be, whilst also meeting the needs of increasing numbers of patients.”

CEO of Beacon Hospital and co-founder of Beacon Medical Group Michael Cullen said; “We’re delighted to have Minister Harris with us today as we reach this milestone in the hospital’s history. Providing the most technologically advanced healthcare for our patients is a hallmark of what we do at Beacon Hospital and this €34.2 million investment will ensure that we remain ahead of the curve and that we continue to provide the best diagnostics, treatment and care available to those who need it.”

“Our newly expanded endoscopy facilities will allow us to provide 12,000 scopes (colonoscopies and endoscopies) in the next 12 months. Given the growing demand on this service nationally, this investment will help to alleviate the waiting times currently being experience by some patients for this critical service. As well as treating private patients, Beacon Hospital will continue to work with public hospitals in supporting them in the reduction of public waiting lists,” said Mr Cullen.

Chief of Staff at Beacon Hospital Professor Mark Redmond said; “Modern medicine is at the heart of our philosophy at Beacon Hospital. We strive to provide the best possible care, in comfortable surroundings. Our newly expanded endoscopy, urology and oncology facilities are now amongst the best in Europe and our commitment over the next 10-years with GE Healthcare will ensure that they are serviced with the most modern diagnostic equipment available.”