Tullamore Hospital has been named as a potential regional Trauma Unit in a new report, A Trauma System for Ireland, published by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris.
He said that the new Trauma System for Ireland will lead to better outcomes for patients by making sure they get to the right place, for the right care, first time.
The report highlights how there are 16 acute hospitals, including Tullamore, that could potentially meet the designation criteria for Trauma Units.
The aim of the system is to reduce death and disability, and ensure high quality trauma services are available to everyone in the country, whether they live in a city or in rural Ireland.
Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen says that there is a clear case for Tullamore Hospital to be designated a Trauma Unit. He was commenting following the publication of the report.
“Tullamore Hospital is the only one from the Midlands named as a potential trauma unit, which in my view makes the case overwhelming," Barry said.
“The report does say that many of the sixteen hospitals have resource deficiencies and it is urgent that they be addressed so that the services can be provided."
“Minister Harris must make the decision quickly and sanction the resources necessary for Tullamore to fulfill this role,” he concluded.
The Director General of the Health Service, Mr Tony O’Brien, welcomed the publication of the report and said: “The HSE is working to ensure the delivery of as much care as possible close to home, while also recognising the need to ensure complex care is delivered in specialist centres with the necessary critical mass."
"The recommendations of this report are key to achieving this for trauma patients. I look forward to progressing the establishment of the National Office for Trauma Services and the appointment of a National Clinical Lead as soon as possible, to commence implementation of the Trauma System for Ireland.”
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