Charlie Meehan, the general manager of Mayo General Hospital and Tony Canavan, chief operations officer of the West/North West Hospitals Group met with Oireachtas and Regional Health Forum West members from Mayo recently to review developments in 2013 and to outline the priorities for the Group in 2014.
According to a statement issued by the HSE this week, Mr Meehan told the meeting that the detailed service plan for Mayo General Hospital and the wider West/North West Hospitals Group has yet to be finalised, but the Mayo General (MGH ) budget has been reduced from €79.2 in 2013 to €76.4m for 2014. In line with the national priority, the emphasis for 2014 will be to protect the quantum and quality of frontline services.
Mr Meehan was also quoted as saying, “The emergency department (ED ) at MGH is one of the busiest level three hospitals in the country, with 36,000 attendances per annum (nearly 100 per day ). The improvement of services will be a priority for the group with a continuing emphasis on patient safety. For example, approval been received for the investment during 2014 of approximately €500,000 for the replacement of the X-ray equipment and upgrading works in ED, including the extension of the ED waiting area and segregation of adult and children within the Department.”
Meehan also said, “Other significant developments for 2104 will include the cystic fibrosis building dedicated day unit at a cost of €1.3 million and the upgrade the endoscopy unit at a cost €600,000.”
Other improvements and investments in MGH pointed out by the hospital management included the development of the Mayo Medical Academy, which is due to get started this year, the opening of the new renal dialysis unit and other improvements and investments in other departments.