10 hospital beds open

LOUTH TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision to open ten out of 28 beds at Louth County Hospital yesterday (Monday, November 21).

LOUTH TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision to open ten out of 28 beds at Louth County Hospital yesterday (Monday, November 21).

Mr Adams and Louth County Councillor Imelda Munster met the HSE senior management for Louth in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on Thursday, November 17.

“I welcome the decision to open ten additional beds, the first of 28, in Louth County Hospital and the additional short term funding that has been made available to relieve some of the existing pressures on the Emergency Department in Drogheda but management could not tell us what will happen in March next year when that funding runs out,” said Mr Adams.

The meeting was held to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Emergency Department in Lourdes. They also discussed the impact of the crisis on Louth County Hospital and the issue of resourcing, funding and staffing of the Emergency Department.

“We believe that the reconfiguration process, which stripped services away from Louth county was a mistake which has grievously affected health provision,” said Mr Adams.

The additional funding, which will run out in late February 2012, will provide an additional eight beds in Drogheda, 28 beds in Louth County Hospital, and 27 step down beds in the community.