Fine Gael Louth Deputy, Peter Fitzpatrick, has said the drafting of a dedicated plan by the HSE for the future of Louth County Hospital (LCH) will ensure that the hospital delivers world class clinical services in a range of areas for the communities it serves.
“Where Louth County Hospital is concerned, a number of positive developments are being planned which will see the hospital become a leader in the delivery of endoscopy and colposcopy services, as well as in consultant-led elderly assessment and colorectal screening services.
Deputy Fitzpatrick also spoke about the MIU
“The Louth/Meath Hospital Group Management Team, in conjunction with HIQA and the Department of Health, has assessed the services that are being delivered at Louth County Hospital so that future service development can be clearly outlined. While the Hospital Group is faced with the challenge of addressing a €26 million budget deficit, which will make difficult decisions unavoidable, it is important to note that no decision has yet been made in respect of the opening hours of the Minor Injuries Unit.
The Fine Gael TD then went on to speak about some of the changes that will be made and the dramatic rise in activity the hospital has recently had
“Stroke and Rehabilitation Services at LCH are among the areas identified for future development. Eight Stroke Rehab beds have been commissioned with plans to increase bed numbers to 11 on a phased basis.
“The level of activity at the Hospital has seen a dramatic increase in recent times. The venesection service, which transferred to LCH from Our Lady of Lourdes last year, has seen a staggering increase in the number of procedures being undertaken which has skyrocketed from 25 to an average of 65 weekly – that’s an increase of 160%.
“The full general outpatient service that is currently in place is also set to be expanded further, in line with the general re-organisation. This will lead to further clinics being provided at the hospital, and ultimately the treatment of more patients.
“Changes will be taking place in hospitals throughout the country in a bid to bring our healthcare services up to scratch. If hospitals become centres of exemplary care with the focus being placed on developing specific, targeted services in each hospital we can work towards delivering world class care for the people of Ireland. Across the board, people are being asked to do more with less owing to our difficult economic situation. I would like to compliment the staff at Louth County Hospital for the dedication they have shown in bring LCH in line with the plans for our health services nationally.