The Saolta Hospital Group has said it plans to reopen one of the existing old operating theatres in Merlin Park University Hospital in Galway by the middle of next month following the completion of remedial works there.

Two operating theatres at the hospital were shut on health and safety grounds last September due to leaks in the roof.

All elective orthopedic procedures at Merlin Park have been postponed since last September.

Approximately 1,100 patients are waiting for surgery at the hospital and over 5,000 others are waiting for outpatient appointments.

In a statement, Saolta also said it is aiming to open a modular operating theatre at the hospital in October following the necessary works to prepare the site.