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Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 513.  Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the measures that have been put in place since the beginning of 2012 to deal with accident and emergency overcrowding in Drogheda Hospital, County Louth. [24174/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

 514.  Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  if an assessment has been carried out of the capacity requirements of Drogheda Hospital, County Louth, including the number of beds required at the hospital; the current number of beds at the hospital; and if additional measures are need to deal with capacity constraints at the hospital. [24175/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly I am informed by the HSE that capacity assessments have been carried out pre-transformation and post the transfer of acute medicine from Louth County Hospital to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. The most recent capacity assessments, undertaken by Public Health Specialist Doctors, were in relation to the implementation of the Acute Medicine Programme and as such pertain to medical bed capacity. The assessment indicates a requirement for 127 acute medical beds on the Drogheda site. The site is currently operating 104 acute medical beds, 8 of which were recently commissioned by the Special Delivery Unit. Approval has been given to commission a further 11 beds and recruitment is underway to staff this capacity.

Capacity modeling factors in the bi-directional flow of patients, between the three hospitals in the Louth Meath Hospital group, also includes the requirement for 5 long-term care beds for the group on a weekly basis.

Question No. 515 answered with Question No. 466.


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