The new eight-bay Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) at Our Lady of Lourdes opened to patients last week.
The short-stay medical assessment area will continue to allow for the rapid assessment and referral of acute medical patients, and for prompt access to diagnostics and reviews by a consultant physician.
The purpose of the MAU is to provide enhanced and appropriate access for all patients presenting to hospital with medical complaints.
The enhanced service at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital will also further reduce pressure on the emergency department (ED), and help to decrease patient wait times, while reducing the number of inappropriate admissions to inpatient beds.
Its state-of-the-art design will also ensure that patients can be observed at all times by the staff. This is aided by the use of technology in areas such as the waiting room. Approximately €850,000 was invested in the refurbishment of the MAU; a further €350,000 was used to equip it.
Speaking about the opening of the unit, Margaret Swords, General Manager of Louth Meath Hospital Group said she was delighted to see the old emergency department upgraded to a purpose designed MAU that creates a safe, comfortable and modern environment for patients to be looked after.