Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (1894)

Pat the Cope Gallagher


1894. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Health the status of the short stay ward at Letterkenny University Hospital which opened in January 2019; the capacity and use of the hospital; if it is fully staffed and all 21 beds are in use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34250/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Health Service Capacity Review published last year was clear on the need for a major investment in additional capacity in both hospital and community – combined with a wide scale reform of the manner and the location of where health services are provided.

An additional 267 acute hospital beds opened under the Winter Initiative 2017/2018, and the National Service Plan for 2019 provides for a comprehensive capacity programme. The main elements of the 2019 capacity programme are:

- the provision of 75 acute beds and 70 community beds under the Winter Plan 2018/19, including 5 beds that opened in Letterkenny University Hospital in June 2019;

- 47 additional beds, including a 40-bed modular build in South Tipperary General Hospital, 4 HDU beds in Cork University Hospital, and 3 HDU beds in the Mater which are due to open by Q4 2019;

- preparation of 202 beds during 2019, including a further 15 beds in Letterkenny University Hospital, with a view to bringing this extra capacity into operation in Q1 of 2020;

- commencement of works on a 60-bed modular ward in University Hospital Limerick.

With regard to the specific questions the Deputy has asked, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond directly.

Question No. 1895 answered with Question No. 1809.