A new traffic arrangement system will be put in place at St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny from tomorrow (Thursday, December 13) in order to facilitate construction work.
Following a recent sod-turning ceremony for the €13 million redevelopment, work is now underway on a project featuring a new Emergency Department, Acute Medical Assessment Unit, Day Services Unit (dedicated to the late Susie Long), Library/Education Centre (part funded by the University of Limerick and the Royal College of Surgeons) and new hospital entrance and concourse. This work is being carried out by Walls Construction Ltd and is due for completion in June 2014.
From tomorrow, motorists are advised that the entrance nearest to the Kilkenny City Centre side of the hospital will be restricted to access to the Emergency Department only for ambulance and cars requiring emergency patient drop off.
It will be set-down only for the main entrance door, out patient clinics and Physiotherapy Department. There will be no access to the hospital’s car parks through the entrance above nearest to the city centre.
A new main entrance to St Luke’s Hospital will be located at the Freshford side of the hospital (the furthest of three entrances from the city side/first entrance coming from Freshford). This new main entrance will provide the only access route for the general public and staff to access the main carparks.
A one-way traffic system will also apply through the hospital grounds and clamping will apply as part of traffic management. The public are advised that the current entrance to St Luke’s will be closed and restricted to construction traffic only from Thursday December 13. Pedestrian access remains unchanged.
All the above changes will be signposted accordingly.
The HSE has apologised to patients, visitors and staff at St Luke’s for any inconvenience and disruption during the construction period (which will last for a period of some 18 months), and appreciates their co-operation.