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Crumlin theatre closures causing deferral of elective surgeries

In relation to orthopaedic spinal surgery, 11 patients have been referred to the UK’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore with two patients having received their surgery to date.

 The minutes state that the hospital continues to work with the HSE while awaiting the opening and staffing of the new orthopaedic theatre.

“The hospital continues to experience challenges in meeting the increased demand for GI scopes and is in discussions with the HSE for initiative funding for outsourcing to an alternative paediatric hospital,” added the minutes.

Director of Operational Services at Crumlin Ms Sharon Hayden, explained that the opening of the new cardiac catheterisation laboratory will enable the hospital to increase the cardiac service from three to four days per week.

Ms Hayden confirmed that a change in model will be introduced to accommodate the extra cases, which will result from the opening of the theatre extension for orthopaedics.

Also the introduction of a clinical directorate structure will be challenging from a resource and time perspective, according to recent board minutes.

The establishment of a clinical directorate structure is part of the reform of governance arrangements necessary for the move to the new National Children’s Hospital and involves all three exisiting children’s hospitals.

Future arrangements planned by the Children’s Hospital Group were noted by Chairperson of the Crumlin board Mr Frank Magee during the meeting.

“Mr Magee spoke to the timeline for the opening of the first satellite centre in 2017 and the implications of this timeline,” according to the board minutes.

 “A detailed discussion then took place concerning the significant pressure and challenge to the staff of the hospital to maintain existing hospital services while remaining committed to the requirements of service integration.”

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