Although the planning application for the hospital project is not expected to be submitted until April, the Department of Health has stated the construction element of the enabling works will commence towards the end of this year while the design is completed.
The additional funding was announced on Tuesday morning by Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson. He revealed a total funding allocation of £92 million, for the budget period 2012/13 – 2014/15 which will allow a number of capital investment schemes to be brought forward.
These include accelerating the Omagh Local Hospital, bringing forward a key phase of redevelopment at Altnagelvin Hospital and a new £37 million build project at the Ulster Hospital.
Health Minister, Edwin Poots, said, “I am committed to providing £25.7 million funding to accelerate progress of the new Omagh Local Hospital, allowing building work to commence immediately following enabling works.
“In addition to the local hospital, facilities will include a Health and Care Centre, GP accommodation and a 24-hour urgent care unit with cardiac assessment. Work will start within the year and will be welcome news to the 300,000 people who live in the Western area.”