Hospital boiler still broken a year later
THE BOILER at the Louth County Hospital remains broken a year after it first stopped working, it can be revealed.
And the news, which means that dirty linen from Dundalk hospital is being transported for cleaning to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, has angered health campaigner Cllr. Tomas Sharkey.
The Sinn Fein councillor said: 'Last year the HSE stopped the laundry service in Dundalk after a boiler was deemed in need of repair.
'I have asked the HSE to fix the boiler and, to date, this has not happened. Every day dirty linen is transported from Dundalk to Drogheda, laundered and transported back to Dundalk again. There is an obvious expense involved here and I am sure the cost of repairs would have been cheaper'.
He said he contacted HSE management about the matter again last week and he was 'disappointed' at the reply'.
Cllr. Sharkey said: 'It seems that there is no plan to fix the boiler in Dundalk and start laundry work in our hospital. The HSE says it is 'investigating the feasibility of delivering Laundry services through it's existing infrastructure'.
'I fear that the laundry service will not return to Dundalk unless the boiler is repaired'.