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'Closure of Our Lady's ED will lead to further capacity pressures in Cavan'

Jun 28, 2022 14:06 By News Northern Sound
'Closure of Our Lady's ED will lead to further capacity pressures in Cavan' 'Closure of Our Lady's ED will lead to further capacity pressures in Cavan'
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The closure of the Emergency Department at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan will only add further capacity pressures to hospitals like Cavan.

That's according to Deputy Peadar Toibin, who is Chair of the 'Save Navan Hospital' campaign.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show earlier today, the Aontú leader believes the proposal to replace the hospital's ED with a 24-hour medical assessment and injury unit, won't give patients the "best chance."

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He says average waiting times in Emergency Departments such as Drogheda and Cavan are already 12 to 13 hours, therefore it "does not make sense" to send 25,000 more patients on top of these numbers.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show earlier today, Deputy Toibin warned that overcrowding in hospitals like Cavan, will lead to delayed diagnoses, treatment and as a result will create poorer outcomes in terms of life.

He added that he has "no faith" in the HSE providing the extra capacity which is needed in other hospitals due to cope with the added demand as a result of the closure.

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