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Novem­ber 1982

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

Plans for the first phase of a new Co. Hos­pi­tal in Wex­ford are well un­der way. The £6 mil­lion devel­op­ment, which will ef­fec­tively re­place the old sur­gi­cal hos­pi­tal, is ex­pected to go to ten­der next Oc­to­ber.

Work on the first phase, which will com­prise 76 beds, two op­er­at­ing the­atres, five in­ten­sive care beds, three iso­la­tion beds, a re­cov­ery unit, a ster­ile sup­plies depart­ment, a gen­eral out­pa­tients’ area, and a block of ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, will be­gin in 1985 and is ex­pected to be com­plete by 1988.

Site clear­ance has al­ready be­gun in the area sur­round­ing the new med­i­cal and ma­ter­nity wings of where the new hos­pi­tal is to be lo­cated.

These wings form part of the over­all hos­pi­tal plan for the fu­ture which was given Gov­ern­ment go-ahead about two years ago, fol­low­ing many years of com­plaint and crit­i­cism about stan­dards in the ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tal, par­tic­u­larly in the sur­gi­cal wing.

The work of a project team set up in 1978 to plan a new hos­pi­tal of 299 beds is now be­gin­ning to show real progress. The ma­jor stum­bling block was fi­nance, but plans are now pro­gress­ing steadily with a £6 mil­lion ap­proval from the Depart­ment of Health.

Af­ter that al­lo­ca­tion has been spent, the only fa­cil­i­ties to re­main in the old Wex­ford Co. Hos­pi­tal, which was built as a work­house in 1838, will be the kitchen, laun­dry, mor­tu­ary, phys­io­ther­apy unit, and eye clinic.

And these will be pro­vided in the sec­ond stage of devel­op­ment of the new hos­pi­tal at a later stage, to­gether with ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties which are not pro­vided at all at the mo­ment.

The over­all plan of the new hos­pi­tal al­lows for 71 med­i­cal beds, 4 coro­nary care, 68 gen­eral/ sur­gi­cal, 5 in­ten­sive care, 19 gy­nae­col­ogy, 48 ob­stet­rics, 44 pae­di­atric and 40 acute psy­chi­a­try.

The pro­vi­sion of the acute psy­chi­a­try unit is keep­ing in line with rec­om­men­da­tions made by se­nior psy­chi­a­trists in the re­gion in a re­cently-pub­lished re­port. It is con­sid­ered de­sir­able to in­clude psy­chi­atric fa­cil­i­ties in gen­eral hos­pi­tal com­plexes for out-pa­tients and short-stay pa­tients, both from the point of view of con­ve­nience and the need to have psy­chi­atric prob­lems viewed by the pub­lic as part of gen­eral health care.

The new hos­pi­tal will move away from the de­sign idea of the ‘Nightin­gale’ wards cur­rently in use, which house as many as 20 pa­tients each. In­stead, pa­tients at the new Co. Hos­pi­tal can look for­ward to bright and mod­ern six-bed wards, with ad­join­ing toi­let and bath­room fa­cil­i­ties.

First class op­er­at­ing the­atres, x-ray rooms and out­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties will also greet pa­tients in the new devel­op­ment.

Wex­ford Co. Hos­pi­tal will be one of the most mod­ern and up-to-date in the coun­try when com­pleted.

The ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tal com­plex will re­main in­tact. A num­ber of plans for its al­ter­na­tive use are be­ing sug­gested within health board cir­cles al­ready.

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