PLANNING is underway by the HSE to implement and progress projects in Limerick’s healthcare services next year, under its recently launched strategy.
The total cost of University Hospital Limerick projects in 2016 will amount to €23.9m.
Plans are in place to deliver an additional 13 beds in a renal dialysis unit over the emergency department at UHL, in the last quarter of next year.
A reconfiguration of a medical assessment unit and outpatient department at UHL, which will be completed by the start of 2017, will result in five additional beds.
Also to be achieved by the end of the year will be the complete kit-out of the new Leben building and the completion of the Clinical Education and Research Centre, which is co-funded by UL.
The 136-page National Service Plan, published by the HSE recently, shows that by the end of the year, there will be a total of 3,358 people working within the UL Hospitals Group.
This forecast sees an increase of 249 people working within the Group since December 2014, and an increase of 24 whole time equivalent since September.
After piloting the Irish Hospital Redesign Programme at Tallaght Hospital, the HSE plans to implement the project at the University Hospital Limerick in 2016.
According to the plan, the new programme is expected to deliver an improved healthcare service “using a redesign approach in conjunction with the integrated programme for patient flow.”
The HSE will also plan on the relocation of the University Maternity Hospital Limerick, after it was announced — under the Government’s five-year capital plan — to move the Ennis Road hospital to the University Hospital Limerick campus.
According to the report, there will be a new primary care centre in Windmill Court, in Garryowen, by the end of 2016.