THE MINISTER for the Environment, Phil Hogan unveiled plans for a e13 million extension to St Luke’s hospital on Monday afternoon.
The development will see St Luke’s hospital become one of the premier acute hospitals in the South East.
Included in the development are a new emergency department, a new acute medical assessment unit and a new day services ward dedicated to the memory of health campaigner Susie Long.
The Minister for the Environment thanked his colleague, Dr James O’Reilly, in the Department of Health for helping secure the funding for St Lukes Hospital. He said that with the EU and IMF breathing down the governments neck it is not easy to get capital funding for such large projects.
Minister Hogan also paid tribute to the pioneering work done by the Director of Clinical services in St Lukes hospital, Professor Gary Courtney.
Minister Hogan said that Prof Courtney had successfully turned St Luke’s hospital into a national model, particularly in his work on establishing a the medical assessment unit at St Luke’s. The strategic location of St Luke’s means that it now serves a population of over 130,000 people and last year it saw 38,000 patients .
This level of care is one of the highest in the country.
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