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‘Badly needed’ extension to Portlaoise Hospital welcomed by Laois TD as application submitted

Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise
Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has welcomed the application for planning permission to the Laois County Council for a significant extension to the Portlaoise Hospital.

The HSE submitted plans to to build a two and three storey extension onto the hospital.

The application includes an extension to the Paediatric unit and a new Respiratory Assessment unit.

The extension is set to cost €4.66 million with the money for it coming under the 2021 National Health Capital Plan.

Deputy Stanley said: “The proposed extension to the Portlaoise Paediatric Unit is badly needed along with the construction of a new Respiratory Assessment Unit.

“Hospital management have made a strong case over the last two years for these badly needed facilities, and I have made representations in support of them.

“The proposed respiratory unit will add significantly to the space for emergency care at the hospital, as the existing Emergency Department (ED) has a chronic shortage of capacity.’’

However, the Sinn Fein TD says he would like to see a long term commitment given to ensuring the A&E Department remains open.

He said: “However, what’s missing, is a firm commitment from the Government to ensure that long-term 24/7 Emergency Department Services at Portlaoise Hospital are secure into the future.

“This is crucial to Laois and the Midlands region.

“We also need a firm commitment for the recruitment of badly needed permanent Consultants in emergency care at the Hospital.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.