Mullingar Regional Hospital To Get €6.5m Infrastructure Upgrades

A new Emergency Department and respiratory assessment unit are part of the plans.

Around €6.5 million is being invested in outpatient facilities at the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar. 

Just under €5 million will be drawn down to build a new Emergency Department and respiratory assessment unit in 2021. 

A refurbishment project to provide a Covid isolation ward is also expected to be operational in two weeks.

Minister of State and Longford-Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy says the improvement of regional health infrastructure is crucial:

General bed capacity at Mullingar Hospital will increase by 11 during a planned expansion later this year. 

Implementation of Covid-19 protocols and social distancing led to a reduction in availability of beds since the onset of the pandemic. 

However, the new €4.75 million Emergency Department and respiratory assessment unit will enable the disused space to be adapted for use. 

The last published annual report of the hospital in 2018 stated the general bed capacity to be 217. 

Junior Minister Troy says he understands the continued frustration over staffing levels:

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