Cllr Denis O'Callaghan

Update on Reconfiguration of Services at Loughlinstown Hospital

Issued : Saturday 11 January, 2014

Question 11

 

To ask the H.S.E for a comprehensive update on the re-configuration of services to be provided at St Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown.

Question 11

 

To ask the H.S.E for a comprehensive update on the re-configuration of services to be provided at St Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown.

 

 

          Cllr D. O Callaghan

 

 

Reply:

Acute hospital services in the HSE Dublin South /Wicklow area are provided through a collaborative arrangement across three sites, St. Vincent's University Hospital (SVUH), St. Michael's Hospital (SMH) and St. Columcille's Hospital (SCH).

The reorganisation of acute services HSE Dublin South /Wicklow has been in the planning for some time in the interest of improving access and quality of services to the local population.  

The project team, comprising of senior clinicians and the relevant management representatives, has been working towards operationalisation of this plan.  The primary objective is to provide a full range of health services under a single clinical governance structure across three sites (SVUH, SMH & SCH) which will work in cooperation with community stakeholders including primary care practitioners.

The implementation of this proposed reorganisation is in line with the recommendations of the Small Hospitals Framework, the National Acute Medicine Programme and the National Emergency Medicine Programme which will ultimately give rise to changes in the role of smaller hospitals including that of St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown.  In line with the recommendations set out in the national clinical care programmes, this reorganisation will include completion of the transfer of emergency services to St. Vincent’s University Hospital.  There are already bypass protocols in place for major trauma, stroke and cardiac failure.  In tandem with this move, St. Columcille’s Hospital will provide the following services to its current catchment population:

        A Local Injuries Unit, to treat patients with injuries that are not life threatening and are not anticipated to require hospital admission.  

 

        A Local Injuries Unit, to treat patients with injuries that are not life threatening and are not anticipated to require hospital admission. 

        A Medical Assessment Unit which will accept GP-referred patients with medical conditions such as chest infections and chronic diseases including asthma and diabetes.  The service will be consultant-led and provide access to diagnostic services.

        The hospital will further develop areas of care provision to include specialist rehabilitation and weight management services in order to enhance the existing non acute services available to the local population.

The HSE is liaising closely with clinicians in the hospitals, regional management, and the Department of Health and is now at an advanced stage of planning

There will be a full consultation period involving all interested parties prior to the transfer of any services. 

Cllr Denis O'Callaghan


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