SIGNAGE will be erected in the coming weeks to mark the name change at Limerick’s biggest hospital.
But the HSE does not expect it will cost too much to rebrand the Regional and the five other acute hospitals in the Mid-West as the University of Limerick Hospitals Group.
While no figure is available for now, the HSE was making every effort to minimise costs, a spokesperson said. This included exhausting existing supplies of headed paper and other stationery, something that was also done when the former Mid-Western Health Board became part of the HSE.
The former Mid-Western Regional Hospital Dooradoyle is now officially known as University Hospital Limerick. And the Regional Maternity becomes University Maternity Hospital Limerick. Signs will be erected in the coming weeks to reflect the name changes here.
The former Mid-Western Regional Orthopaedic Hospital is now - simply - Croom Hospital and St John’s Hospital remains as is.
Sensibilities in Clare and Tipperary will not be offended by putting the word Limerick over the door of hospitals in those counties. While they are to be known as Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals, the HSE says the county hospitals will benefit from being part of a hospital group attached to the medical school at UL.
“The objective is that the hospitals group will become a major teaching hospital, building on the existing partnership with the UL,” a spokesperson said.
Hospitals group CEO Ann Doherty, in the service plan for 2013, spelt out some of the HSE’s thinking, saying all six hospitals would “benefit from significant research capabilities through the activities of joint consultant/professor appointments in many areas such as medicine, surgery, and obstetrics/gynaecology to name but a few”.
Research opportunities will, it is hoped, attract practitioners at the peak of the medical profession.