Health Minister Visits Nenagh Amid UHL Overcrowding

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The Minister for Health was in Nenagh today to officially open a new regional hub for Women’s Health.

The hub has 3 main services and is designed to provide improved  access and reduced wait times for gynaecology patients.

In addition new services in respect of menopause care are now provided and later this year a new service in the area of fertility will be provided at the Regional Hub located in Nenagh hospital.

Tipperary’s Government TD, Jackie Cahill  asked  the Minister to extend the opening hours of Nenagh A&E, which he says the Minister agreed he would look into.

Deputy Cahill says he also vocalised the worries of local people about the current state of affairs in University Hospital Limerick.

There are 78 patients experiencing delayed admission in UHL today  – 38 patients on trolleys and 40 other patients accommodated in some ward of the hospital.

The Minister has been forced to respond to the findings of a HIQA inspection into UHL which found the hospital to be non-compliant on 3 standards of care and only partially compliant on a fourth standard.

The Minister was asked if the ED service reconfiguration has failed across the Mid West (closures in Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s) and he finally  conceded that it hasn’t worked.

The “Nenagh Needs it’s A&E” campaign group  has welcomed this response and is to continue with it’s campaign for a restoration of services in Nenagh.