Fresh from his Ryder Cup success, Rory McIlroy joined staff at the Ulster Independent Clinic in Belfast this week to officially open its new Outpatient Department which represents an ambitious £8.2m expansion of the private healthcare facility. The investment has included the construction of a new three-storey extension to the existing main hospital site, the upgrade of the adjacent x-ray department facilities and the addition of a new endoscopy theatre ensuring the Clinic can continue to offer the best patient care possible.
The new wing also includes a new physiotherapy department and gymnasium, a range of new consulting rooms, an upgraded breast care facility and a new audiology room. It also offers enhanced patient reception and administration facilities.
The Ulster Independent Clinic in conjunction with the Mary Peter’s Trust and The Rory Foundation offers medical support to up and coming athletes across many sports. This involves injured athletes benefitting from the first-class facilities and treatment at the hospital. The programme is designed to get them an early diagnosis, so they can speed up their treatment and recovery and get them back to the top of their game as quickly as possible.
Speaking about the new facilities, Chairman of the Ulster Independent Clinic, Dr Kieran Fitzpatrick said:
“Today represents a significant and exciting step for the Clinic and this expansion is very much aligned with our aim to provide an unrivalled level of care for our patients. As the leading private healthcare provider in Northern Ireland and as a registered charity here, we are committed to investing any surplus funds into the continual development of the hospital for the benefit of patients. This latest investment means that we can offer the most advanced facilities and technology available in modern and comfortable surroundings which will all be to the benefit of our patients. We are delighted to welcome Rory McIlroy to open the new facilities and welcome our continued partnership with his Foundation and the Mary Peter’s Trust to support those young and up and coming athletes who are recovering from injuries.”
Speaking at the official opening, Rory McIlroy said:
“I am delighted to be part of the opening of this fantastic new facility. I’ve had some experience of the excellent service the Ulster Clinic provides. It’s great that the new facilities will enable more people to be treated at the clinic.”