Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (1894)

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

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.