Welcome for plans to extend Limerick’s Regional hospital

Shane O’Riordan

Reporter:

Shane O’Riordan

A local councillor has praised the HSE after plans were announced to develop the Mid Western Regional Hospital

A local councillor has praised the HSE after plans were announced to develop the Mid Western Regional Hospital

Two planning applications have been made to extend separate parts of the existing building.

The first application is to extend the current Accident and Emergency department by 140 square metres for use as an observation ward and would include the erection of a temporary portacabin for use as a paediatric waiting area.

However, there is an architecturally protected site on the grounds of the proposed extension. There is a protected structure on the site.

The second application is for another extension of 72 square metres. The extension, if granted, will expand the mortuary ward, providing a new foyer and counselling accommodation for visitors to the hospital. The extension would involve the demolition of an outbuilding and raising a section of the existing roof.

Cllr Richard Butler is supportive of the plans: “I welcome the decision, it’s always a great thing when hospitals want to extend as there is a serious issue with overcrowding in Irish hospitals. Hopefully the portacabins will only be used on a short term basis, as that is usually the case.”

Cllr Butler added that the hospital is “overlooking a major issue with regards to development”.

“There is a big concern regarding parking there. There is not enough space for people to park on the grounds which has resulted in them parking in nearby housing estates, blocking residents driveways and causing a nuisance to the people that live there.”