Additional beds to alleviate pressures at the University Hospital in Limerick – BREEN

September 21st, 2015 - Pat Breen

Plans to provide additional funding as part of the winter initiative which will result in a net additional 23 beds at the University Hospital in Limerick have been warmly welcomed by Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Pat Breen.

“Given the problems of overcrowding at the Emergency Department at the University Hospital in Limerick, I recently met with the Minister for Health Deputy Leo Varadkar T.D. to discuss the situation.

And I very much welcome the fact that the Minister has now responded very positively to our Meeting and I would like to thank him for his support in addressing the problems in Limerick. As part of the winter initiative he has been able to provide additional funding which will allow new facilities to open at the Hospital in November which will help to alleviate some of the pressures being experienced there.

The Leben Building which will provide new facilitates for cystic fibrosis, dermatology, breast and stroke patients will open on the 2nd November 2015 next. This will facilitate the freeing up of beds in other parts of the Hospital resulting in a net additional 23 beds.

I would like to pay tribute to TLC4CF (Clare, Limerick & Tipperary) the Mid-West Cystic fibrosis Branch, their families and supporters for the wonderful work that they done fundraising for this project. The opening of the Leben Building on the 2nd November next is a testament to them and their efforts. The Unit consists of 9 in-patient en-suite rooms, 5 day care rooms and physiotherapy facilities for all adult patients.”

“We also discussed the pressures which have arisen following the closure of 25 beds in the Hospital. These beds have been closed for refurbishment and the Minister has assured me that these beds will be reopened as soon as is possible and I understand that the necessary works should be completed for the beds to reopen on the 13th November.

By mid-November there will be 48 more beds than are currently available in Limerick.

These measures should contribute to easing the current situation at the hospital and is positive news for the patients and the staff who have struggled with the pressures of the current situation.

The new Emergency Department will further alleviate the situation in Limerick. This project is well underway with the new ED due to open in 2017.”