WORK is underway to install Cork's latest bridge across the River Lee.
A new bridge is being constructed across the southern channel replacing the existing bridge that connects the Western Road to the rear of the Bon Secours hospital.
The work is part of a major six-storey extension to the Bon Secours representing a €50m investment in the College Road hospital.
The new bridge is expected to be installed and operational by the end of January. Once the bridge and other enabling works are completed work can begin on the hospital's extension.
The bridge will also form part of a new entrance from the Western Road to the hospital for patients and visitors.
The new six-storey building is planned at the rear of the current hospital to allow for a state-of-the-art radiotherapy department for the treatment of cancer patients.
The new building will include 70 new private single rooms, two operating theatres and the relocation and reconfiguration of the oncology day ward. It will also allow for the relocation and reconfiguration of 10 critical care beds and the introduction of a radiotherapy department for the treatment of cancer patients.
The main entrance to the hospital will remain on College Road but the current four entrances and exits will be reduced to two.
the hospital extension forms part of the Bon Secours Health System’s “2020 Plan” that involves a €150m investment across all hospitals in the group, in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Tralee and the Care Village in Cork.
The Bon Secours is also entering into a joint venture with global medical firm UPMC to establish a Radiotherapy Centre in Cork to provide one of the country’s most advanced radiation therapy centres for cancer patients.
The Radiotherapy Centre will be built on the Bon Secours Hospital site in Cork as part of the extension and will open in January 2019