Loughlinstown hospital loses emergency department
The HSE is to end 24 hour emergency cover in St Columcille’s Hospital. The hospital, in Loughlinstown, has a large south county Dublin and north Wicklow catchment area.
As well as closing the Emergency Dept, the HSE has also been decided to stop accepting acute surgical services at the 106-bed hospital by the end of 2011.
The 24-hour emergency service at St Columcille's will be replaced with a daytime minor injury service.
In 2010, the hospital dealt with over 21,000 Emergency Department cases.
These cases will now have to go to St Vincent's University Hospital, but the exact date of the changeover has to be decided.
Along with St Columcille's, other hospitals affected in the reforms are, Roscommon County , Navan General, Louth County, Portlaoise General, Ennis General, St John's Hospital, Limerick Mallow General and Bantry Hospital.