2,000 HSE complaints

THE total payroll for staff employed by Louth County Hospital was e21.5 million last year, according to the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) 2010 annual report.

THE total payroll for staff employed by Louth County Hospital was e21.5 million last year, according to the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) 2010 annual report.

The report also reveals that the wages bill for staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda was almost five times greater at e100.5m.

The Dublin North East region accounted for over e2 billion (15.5 per cent) of the HSE’s total operating budget for 2010.

Women’s Aid Dundalk received e492,000 last year in revenue grants and grants funded by other Government Departments/ State Agencies for 2010.

St Bridget’s Day Care Centre was awarded e125,000; Ardee Day Care Centre received e340,000 and Carrickmacross Parent & Friends Association got e556,000.

According to the report 1,987 complaints were made to the Dublin North East HSE region, while Dublin Mid Leinster received 3,826 complaints.

Last year also saw the opening of the e24m four storey block at Our Lady of Lourdes’ Hospital, Drogheda, which houses the new Emergency Department (ED), coronary care and high dependency unit.

The new ED opened in June and has a dedicated x-ray facility located in the ED, which allows for immediate access to diagnostics. The department also has a designated paediatric area so all paediatric patients presenting to the new department are assessed and treated in a child-friendly environment.

In September, the hospital announced the opening of a new state-of-the art Coronary Care Unit (CCU) which treats patients suffering from a range of heart conditions.

Meanwhile, the North East Regional Colposcopy Service opened at Louth County Hospital. In addition, it was one of six hospital haematology laboratories to be awarded accreditation by the Irish National Accreditation Board.