Seriously-ill patients to travel further for care as hospital unit set to ‘evolve’


Forcing seriously ill patients to be swept by ambulance past their local hospital on a dark winter’s night to another emergency department miles away may be the price we have to pay for living in a small country like Ireland.

ospitals such as Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan do not have the critical mass of patients, range of specialities, medical expertise and intensive care beds for around five or six complex and urgent patients a day who need to be in a bigger centre to get proper care. Now with the decision to discontinue its full emergency service, the task is to learn lessons from the mid-west with patients piled into University Hospital Limerick, following reconfiguration in that region.

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