Equipment still in boxes at hospital

A Tullamore Town Councillor has called on the Minister for Health to investigate why equipment remains in boxes at the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, years after it arrived at the hospital.

A Tullamore Town Councillor has called on the Minister for Health to investigate why equipment remains in boxes at the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore, years after it arrived at the hospital.

Cllr Brendan Killeavy said equipment that cost a substantial amount of money is still in boxes at the hospital four years after been delivered to the hospital.

“I want clarification as to what is the HSE’s Plans for commissioning this equipment, so that patients can benefit from using it,” said the Sinn Fein Cllr.

He said when councillors met with hospital management last year, he expressed concern over the length of time people have to wait in the new A/E department and said the outcome of that meeting was the council were promised that a new Medical Assessment Unit would be opened after Christmas.

“It is my understanding that work has yet to commence and that no opening date for this unit has been set, this is clearly not good enough. It’s a disgrace that sick people have to wait long periods sometimes days in the new emergency department. The new hospital has an outrageous amount of inpatient beds closed. I am calling on the Minister to investigate as to why these beds are not available to the public given that the old hospital had 220 beds opened and after we got a new hospital we now have only 160 beds opened for patients,” Cllr Killeavy concluded.