€13m Funding for Priority Projects at St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny.

12th June, 2011

Carlow Fine Gael TD Pat Deering welcomes €13m Funding for Priority Projects at St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny.

St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny is the Acute General Hospital for Counties Carlow and Kilkenny.  The Hospital has a bed capacity of 317 beds and provides General Medical, Surgical, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatric, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Palliative Care and Anaesthetic services to the Carlow/Kilkenny area.

These priority developments include;

 Emergency Department – The Emergency Department will include a Waiting area, Triage Area, 3 bay Resuscitation area and separate Paediatric Resuscitation bay all with X ray facilities, an 8 cubicle Major Treatment and Examination area, a separate Paediatric Treatment area, a Minor Treatment area and a Bereaved Relatives room. Ancillary clinical support accommodation will be provided.  The Emergency Department will be at ground floor level and have separate entrances for ambulant and ambulance patients.

Medical Assessment Unit – The Medical Assessment Unit which has a briefed area of 290 m 2 Gross is located adjacent to the Emergency Department so as to facilitate the effective operation of both departments. The principal areas of accommodation will be 2 four bay assessment areas, 2 isolation rooms, a treatment room and support accommodation.

Day Services Unit (including endoscopy) – The Day Services Unit will be located at first floor level and will provide accommodation for patients attending for:

Endoscopy / Day Surgery including general surgery and gynaecology / Medical investigations and treatment / Dental surgery / Procedures undertaken on a day case basis. The principle elements of the accommodation will include 24 trolley bays, 2 single treatment rooms, 2 procedure rooms, 2 endoscopy rooms, a 10 patient discharge area and support accommodation.Concourse/ entrance including links at ground and first floor levelThe concourse and entrance will allow the development to be linked to the main hospital complex and will be required to access CT and other diagnostic imaging facilities and also the route to admit patients to ward accommodation.  The link at first floor level will be used to transfer patients attending for day procedures from the new Day Services Unit to the Theatre block and back following recovery Enabling WorksThe area identified for the development is currently used as a staff car park, it will be necessary to relocate these as an extension to the existing car park, which is at capacity already.This significant funding of €13m will see this development proceed to tender with some enabling works carried out in 2011 and work commencing on site in the first quarter of 2012, taking 15 to 18 months to complete.

Pat Healy, Regional Director of Operations, HSE South welcomed the significant funding announced by Minister Hogan and said, “I very much welcome today’s announcement confirming the €13m funding for the new Emergency Department, Medical Assessment Unit, Day Services Unit and Concourse at St Lukes Hospital Kilkenny. I  want to thank the management and staff at St Lukes for their continued excellence in the delivery of services to the people of Kilkenny, Carlow and the surrounding areas. This is a very positive and much welcome announcement for the Hospital and these priority developments will be progressed without delay. ”

Dr Garry Courtney, Clinical Director, St Lukes Hospital Kilkenny said, “Today is a very positive day for St Lukes Hospital, the dedicated and professional staff who work here and the patients we care for.  Confirmation of funding to proceed with these priority developments is very much welcomed. We are delighted with the new Emergency Department and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit but are especially pleased that the new Day Services Unit will deliver on a promise we made to the late Susie Long who campaigned so hard for such a facility. The new Unit will enable the Hospital to provide endoscopy procedures (including colonoscopies) for patients without undue delay and also increase the Hospital’s capacity to meet the ever increasing demand for these services into the future.

The following diagnostic services are also provided: Radiology including 64 slice CT scanning, Ultrasound, Dxa Scanning, Pathology, Cardiac Diagnostics and Endoscopy.  The therapy services provided include Physiotherapy, Speech and Language, Dietetic, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. The hospital also facilitates regional onsite services including dermatology, rheumatology, haemotology, microbiology neurology, oncology, radiotherapy and a palliative care satellite unit.  Furthermore, the hospital is the site for regional services in Liver Diseases, ERCP and Endobiliary Endoscopy.