It's being described as "another massively progressive step for the hospital".
A midlands hospital has been given the green light for a major extension.
Planning permission for a new out-patient department at Mullingar Regional Hospital has been granted by Westmeath County Council.
The two storey 1,700 square metre unit will also include a 28 square metre plant room.
The OPD will consist of medical consulting rooms, admin offices, storerooms, toilets and staff facilities.
The development will be constructed on a site facing the main entrance of the hospital.
As part of the conditions of the extension, the HSE must pay over €40,000 to the local authority towards surrounding public infrastructure.
The development will also include the installation of PV panels on the roof of the new site.
Mullingar Regional Hospital Manager, Kay Slevin said;
"Planning permission being granted for our new outpatient building is another massively progressive step for the hospital, community and surrounding area. The staff and management in the hospital are so keen to continue grow the services and improve facilities in Regional Hospital Mullingar. Ultimately this will benefit and help treat patients, which is our number one priority. I would like to thank HSE Estates and the Ireland East Hospital Group for their support in securing this planning permission."