Business case approval for new 210m maternity unit at Antrim Area Hospital
A business case for a new 210m maternity unit at Antrim Hospital was approved at a meeting of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust board on Thursday morning.
The application comes as the Trust seeks a longterm solution for its maternity service and launches a public consultation to seek the views of the community.
Maternity services are currently provided at Antrim Hospital and Causeway Hospital in Coleraine for approximately 4,000 women annually.
The Trust has stressed there are a number of options to be considered and this proposal does not represent the views of the Trust and is an exercise in future-proofing service configuration which is the subject proposal of a public consultation and further to ministerial approval.
We do need to move ahead as it is a relatively long process, said finance director Owen Harkin. It is important to move quickly to get the unit in place in Antrim.
It is not expected to be available until 2029.
The business case will now be presented to the Department of Health. Members also heard the cost has risen from a projected 150m six months ago.
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