There has been a grow­ing de­mand for ser­vices at the Mi­nor In­juries Unit in Louth County Hospi­tal, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures.

Louth TD Gerry Adams has said that the in­creas­ing num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions to the mi­nor in­juries unit at Louth County Hospi­tal demon­strates a grow­ing de­mand for the ser­vices of­fered there.

‘A re­sponse to my par­lia­men­tary ques­tion in­di­cates that for the first 6 months of 2018 at­ten­dances have been grow­ing each month.’

He added that the fig­ures re­vealed that in June 2018 1,000 peo­ple at­tended and re­ceived treat­ment at this unit.

‘ The ex­is­tence of the mi­nor in­juries unit at the Louth Hospi­tal re­moves pa­tients from the emer­gency depart­ment at Our Lady of Lour­des.

This ben­e­fits pa­tients who have less travel and wait­ing time and re­duces pres­sure on the emer­gency depart­ment.

‘ The re­sponse from the RCSI Hospi­tal group also in­di­cates that the mi­nor in­juries unit will be­gin see­ing pa­tients who over five years old from this month, and that an ad­vanced nurse prac­ti­tioner will be join­ing the staff.’

The Louth TD ex­plained that he had been work­ing on the cam­paign for over a year with Dun­dalk Coun­cil­lor, Anne Camp­bell, who has been lead­ing monthly protests at the lo­cal hospi­tal.

Deputy Adams added: ‘I am pleased that chil­dren be­tween the ages of 5 and 14 will be able to ac­cess treat­ment for mi­nor in­juries in Dun­dalk.’

There is a range of other ser­vices which could be made avail­able in Louth County Hospi­tal and I have re­quested to meet with the CEO of the RCSI Hospi­tal group to dis­cuss these.’

Left, Jan Gozdek and Adam Posiewka at the hol­i­day bi­ble club in Welling­ton Hall.

The par­tic­i­pants at the hol­i­day bi­ble club in Welling­ton Hall.

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