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Beaumont seeking 250 extra beds
[Posted: Fri 17/02/2006 www.irishhealth.com]
By Deborah Condon
One of Dublin's busiest hospitals is seeking 250 additional inpatient beds, to cope with increasing demands on its services.
Beaumont Hospital, which serves a population of over 250,000 people, already has 700 acute beds. However it insists that 250 additional beds are required for a number of areas, including intensive care and a new medical assessment unit.
The rest of the new beds are required to meet the demographic growth in the hospital's workload over the next five years - an increase in the number of older patients is expected to have a dramatic impact on the demand for healthcare services. The hospital is also aiming to reduce its average occupancy to 90%, from its current level of over 100%.
"This is a basic requirement to make it physically possible for us to refurbish and improve existing wards, to isolate patients when necessary and to facilitate efficient cleaning - all important aspects of our battle against hospital acquired infections", said Beaumont's chief executive, Liam Duffy.
Beaumont Hospital in Dublin
The increase in bed numbers is just one of a range of issues contained in a new five year (2006 - 2010) strategy, which has just been launched by the hospital. This strategy reveals that Beaumont is pushing ahead with the development of new state-of-the-art facilities, including a major cancer centre.
The hospital is already one of the largest providers of cancer services in the country, treating around 4,000 cancer patients a year. It was selected by an independent international panel of experts as the location for this new state-of-the-art cancer facility.
"In this, as in many other projects, building the clinical team, the protocols and the support service is actually more important than the bricks and mortar. We are already well advanced in assembling this team so that we can put delivery of an interim radiotherapy service on the fast track", Mr Duffy said.
Some of the other projects detailed in the strategy include:
-Further development of the national renal (kidney) transplantation service.
-Delivery of the approved 60 bed psychiatry unit.
-Development of a stroke unit.
-Delivery of the approved 44 station dialysis unit.
-Provision of the approved day hospital for care of the elderly and psychiatry of old age.
The hospital has also made it clear that it should be considered as a suitable location for the development of paediatric services. (A recent report by the Health Service Executive recommended that Dublin's three children’s hospitals should be transferred to one 'super' hospital.)
Beaumont Hospital is the largest public hospital in north Dublin. It deals with 20,000 inpatients, 25,000 days cases and 120,000 outpatient visits every year.
|bubbles Posted: 15/03/2006 15:08|
|my father was in your hospidal in december 2005 and had an mri scan done .the results of the scan showed he had a tumour on the brain that was slowly growing he was told that he couldn,t have surgery because the tumour was so close to a part of his brain that could lead to brain damage or total blindness if the surgens were to operate .i just read in that report that boumount hospital has one of the largest providers for cancer treatment and yet nothing can be done for my father he has been attending the hospital since he was discharged on a mounthly basis and hasn,t had one scan to see how far the tumour is progressing.can you tell me why that is .he is gone completely blind in the eye of witch the tumour is growing .so why isn,t he getting any propper treatment if your hospital is one of the largest providers for cancer treatment would it make a difference if he was a privete patient|
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