Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (341)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

341. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health his plans for the emergency department of Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. [51667/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Our Lady’s Hospital Navan is part of the Ireland East Hospital Group. Every hospital in that Group, large and small, has a vital role to play within the Group, with smaller hospitals managing routine, urgent or planned care locally and more complex care managed in the larger hospitals.

Currently, the Hospital Group is engaged in a programme of redesign work to further integrate and enhance the role of Navan Hospital within the Group and to ensure that it will provide more services safely and appropriately. It is intended that the Hospital Group will continue to engage closely with all interested parties to ensure that the needs of patients, staff and the local and wider community are addressed.

There are no immediate plans to change Emergency Department services at Navan. Proposed changes to any Emergency Department services will only take place in the context of overall service reorganisation in the Hospital Group and will be undertaken in a planned and orderly manner.