1000 people attend Louth Hospital Minor Injuries Unit in June – Adams

Gerry Adams at a recent Louth Hospital protest

Louth Sinn Féin 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.

“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 over 5 years old from this month, and that an advanced nurse practitioner will be joining the staff.

“This is a campaign which myself and Councillor Anne Campbell have been working on for over a year.

“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.”