THE Mid Western Regional Hospital has received a welcome boost with news a new Accident & Emergency department is to be constructed on the Dooradoyle campus.
The annoucement comes following scathing criticism of the main hospital in the Mid-West which has been officially ranked as one of the two worst performing hospitals in the country.
The Minister for Health, Mary Harney, has confirmed to Minister of State Peter Power that arising from her budget allocation for 2011, she has sanctioned the go-ahead for a new A&E department at Dooradoyle.
Deputy Peter Power made said: "I am delighted to say that Mary Harney has confirmed to me that she has now provided funding for a new accident & emergency department in the Regional Hospital. I have been actively campaigning for this project for over a year now."
The new facility will be located on the ground floor of the new €40 million Critical Care block. "The announcement is a hugely positive development for the Regional Hospital and for the Health Services in Limerick and the Mid-West generally," Deputy Power said.
The good news came on the same day as the latest HSE stat survey showed the Mid-Western Regional hospital along with Cork University Hospital were the two worst performing hospital out of a total of 29 evaluated.
Over the past 18 months increased pressure has been stacked on the Regional with the centralising of acute surgical services from Ennis and Nenagh to the Limerick Hospital.