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The Hospital opened a new state-of-the-art emergency department in May.
St Luke’s had one emergency medicine consultant up to July 2015, but in preparation for the opening of the new ED, a second consultant was appointed.
Pressure on the service continues to mount, in spite of the extra appointment, with the hospital serving a direct catchment area of 155,993 population, with an increase of 4 per cent recorded in the 2016 census.
The ED and Acute Medical Assessment Unit had 46,190 presentations during 2015, with the number of emergency presentation increasing by over 6 per cent up to June 2016 when compared to the same period in 2015.
“With an increasing number of emergency referrals and taking into account the significant increase in the population for the catchment area, St Luke’s General Hospital will be seeking approval for a third emergency department consultant and a business case submission is being made to the Ireland East Hospital Group for inclusion (funding approval) in the 2017 Service Plan,” according to the Group.
The information was provided in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil Deputy John McGuinness.