Naas General Hospital
More beds are planned for Naas Hospital.
The additional beds are likely to be provided as part of a bed capacity review which is being undertaken by the Health Service Executive.
The review suggests that an additional 2,500 acute beds are required throughout Ireland by 2030.
According to Labour general election candidate Emmet Stagg this will mean 62 new beds for Naas Hospital, across two wards, which formed part of a planned previous expansion.
Naas Hospital, which serves West Wicklow as well as Co. Kildare, currently has 243 beds in eight wards and these include 18 day service beds.
Planning permission to provide new wards/beds was granted ten years ago.
“It was recognised then that the additional capacity was required and given the increase in population since then and given the increasing number of older people in Co. Kildare and at a minimum the 62 beds approved must be provided,” said Mr. Stagg.
A firm decision on the number of beds to be provided at Naas has not yet been made and Mr. Stagg believes that “it may be some time before decisions are taken.”
The HSE has said that Naas will be considered as part of “a comprehensive schedule of bed locations along with all other hospitals.”
There are currently around 12,000 acute hospital beds in the health service and the system has been under strain because of overcrowding. There were 31 patients awaiting a bed at Naas yesterday, having been admitted through the A and E department.
This happens when patients are admitted through the accident and emergency departments without beds being immediately available.
Meanwhile, the hospital is in line for an upgrade to services provided.