WHITE WELCOMES PLANS FOR OVER 100 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL BEDS AT MOUNT CARMEL
Alex White TD this week welcomed the news that when fully redeveloped Mount Carmel Hospital will provide over 100 community hospital beds. The information came in a letter from HSE chief Tony O’Brien after Minister White requested clarification on plans for the hospital’s development.
Alex White said the HSE had confirmed that Mount Carmel Hospital would initially provide 65 short stay beds which will afford step down support to patients ready to leave a number of hospitals. The 65 beds, which will help ease current difficulties in A&E departments, are expected to come on stream in late March to early April.
The HSE also told Minister White that the building will need some capital investment to bring it up to the proper standard and make best use of the available space. They have advised that the necessary works are expected to be finished in approximately 18 months to two years.
Minister White said: “The development of Mount Carmel is very welcome. Plans for at least 100 extra beds will help ease the pressure and overcrowding of emergency departments and will be of specific benefit to older people. I warmly welcome this excellent news which is a further sign of the progressive use of public funds to meet the needs of our community.”