Proposal outlined for upgrading of Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Ryan O'Rourke

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Ryan O'Rourke

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

PLANS are in place for Croom Orthopaedic Hospital to become a musculoskeletal centre of excellence. 

The strategy, which was unveiled on Monday will redevelop surgical facilities and provide outpatient capacity. 

The proposal was outlined by the Chief Executive Officer of the UL Hospitals Group, Prof Colette Cowan in a letter detailing the plans.

“A proposal has been prepared for Croom Orthopaedic Hospital to redevelop surgical facilities and provide outpatient capacity including a musculoskeletal centre of excellence as part of overall Hospital Group strategy,” said Prof Cowan.

The centre will provide the latest diagnostic techniques and the most advanced surgical and non-surgical options for a range of orthopaedic disorders and injuries.

“This proposal for Croom Orthopaedic Hospital is subject to consideration in the context of the implementation outputs from the overall strategic planning process,” Prof Cowan continued.

An on-going series of maintenance and upgrade works are already taking place at the hospital.

“This includes upgrade to the hospital fire alarm and emergency lighting systems, a programme of painting and floor covering replacement throughout, water treatment upgrade, and upgrade of security systems,” said Prof Cowan.

Niall Collins TD had called for refurbishments scheduled for Croom Orthopaedic Hospital to be done as soon as possible.

He has called on the Minister for Health to make changes immediately.

“A number of members of the public and have been in touch with me recently.

“It’s clear that the refurbishment needs to happen as soon as possible,” he said.