New parking regime at Limerick Regional Hospital

Fianna Fail's Niall Collins has accused Minister James Reilly of going to ground during emergency department crisis at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, above
NEW parking arrangements have been put in place at Limerick’s busiest hospital to facilitate ongoing construction work, the HSE has advised.

NEW parking arrangements have been put in place at Limerick’s busiest hospital to facilitate ongoing construction work, the HSE has advised.

A number of spaces have been removed at the current car park on the western side of the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, where the €35 million six-storey critical care block is almost complete, but these have been replaced elsewhere on the hospital grounds.

“Major changes” in parking had been introduced over the weekend “in order to facilitate ongoing development works at the front of the hospital,” the HSE said.

“Contractors have to remove some of the existing spaces near the Sisk compound and replace them with a new car park accessed by a two-way road.”

Barriers were relocated last Friday with the new public car park operational from Saturday and members of the public are advised to “follow the signs and drive carefully”.

Plans for the critical care unit provided for 270 underground car parking spaces but these are not currently in use and the HSE was unable to clarify at the time of going to press whether these spaces would be for the use of hospital staff or visiting members of the public.

Last month, coronary patients were among the first to move into the critical care block and the HSE confirmed last week that work on Limerick’s long-awaited new emergency department will commence next month. The critical care unit is one of the biggest capital projects undertaken by the HSE in recent years.