Upgrade of Emergency Department at Cavan General Hospital at Design Stage – Smyth

Cavan ED
Deputy Niamh Smyth invited Fianna Fáíl’s Spokesperson on Health Stephen Donnelly TD to meet with staff in Cavan ED earlier this year to discuss the need for investment and press this matter with Government.

On average 92 people attended Cavan General Hospital Emergency Department every day this year
Over 25,340 people attend Cavan ED in first nine months of 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the RCSI Hospital Group that the Emergency Department (ED) refurbishment in Cavan General Hospital is at planning and design stage.
Commenting Deputy Smyth said, “I welcome today’s news. It’s a positive development following numerous questions to the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the RCSI Hospital Group by my office over the past two years calling for the urgent approval of funding for upgrade and refurbishment works at the Emergency Department at Cavan General Hospital.”
“Figures released to me reveal that an average of 92 people attended the ED in Cavan every day this year to the end of September .January to September 2017 compared with January to September this year (2018) saw a 2.9% increase in overall attendances to the ED in Cavan.”
Deputy Niamh Smyth said, “Over 25,340 people attended the ED at Cavan General Hospital this year to date up until September 30th.  The nurses, doctors, porters and administration staff at the hospital are doing phenomenal work, however the current facilities are in need of upgrading.”
“ In recent months I arranged for the Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly to visit the hospitals in Cavan and Monaghan and meet first hand with staff and discuss the need for investment in the Cavan ED and in overall services in Monaghan.  We’ve seen how easily construction works can take place with minimal or no disruption on services with the development of the new Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Cavan General Hospital.”
Deputy Smyth concluded, “I am delighted with today’s news and I will continue to question the Minister on this development in order to see the planning and design stages move swiftly so that this investment is delivered for patients and staff in the quickest possible timeframe.”

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