A major capital expenditure of about €5million is being invested in the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, to upgrade the Emergency Department including the Paediatric Assessment Unit.
This €5m investment which is due to start in May of this year is being welcomed by local politicians.
Longford Westmeath Deputy Willie Penrose says he’s also been in contact with the Minister for Health with a view to getting Stage 2 of Phase 2B up and running.
This is a €20m investment to include an operating theatre department as well as a 6-bed combined critical unit and a 14 bed Rehabilitation Ward.
Deputy Penrose says the work is coming about as a result of the establishment of the new hospital groupings which he’s always been in favour of.
As part of this Mullingar is now in the new Dublin East group which includes the Mater Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital Navan among others and with UCD as the designated Academic partner.
Controversially for some local health campaigners in Longford though, the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore is now in a separate grouping.