New Emergency Department to open at Kerry General Hospital16/04/2012 - 09:00:20
Kerry General Hospital in Tralee will open the doors to its new Emergency Department this morning.
The new facility, which will care for an estimated 33,000 attendances every year, was built at a cost of €4m.
It will replace the existing Emergency Department, which will undergo refurbishment immediately with a view to establishing an Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) and Cardiology services for the hospital.
Among the services the new AMAU will allow for will be direct access for those patients being referred by GP, and assessments by a Consultant Physician.
"The new Emergency Department is more than twice the size of the existing one and forms a key part of the capital development programme currently underway at KGH," said the hospital's General Manager PJ Harnett.
Consultants in Emergency Medicine at KGH Dr Jason Carty and Dr Martin Boyd said the facility was "a real step forward for emergency medicine services in Kerry".
"This new state-of-the-art facility will provide a better environment for all patients who attend the Department and allow the ED at KGH to evolve and enhance its service and meet the requirements set down by the Special Delivery Unit and Emergency Medicine Programme," they said in a statement issued by the HSE.
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