Naas Hospital faces "severe overcrowding" over Portlaoise downgrading

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Naas Hospital faces "severe overcrowding" over Portlaoise downgrading

Naas General Hospital

Naas Hospital will come under severe overcrowding pressure if there is any downgrading of Portlaoise Hospital.

Proposals by the Health Service Executive to close the emergency department in at Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise will have a severe knock on effect on the ED at Naas Hospital, according independent Naas councillor Sorcha O’Neill.

According to the HSE less than half (45%) of the people from county Laois who used hospital day-ward services  in 2016 came to hospital in Portlaoise.

Most go to a hospital in Dublin or the hospital in Tullamore.

According to RTE, Dr. Susan O’Reilly of the HSE says the basic problem is that too few people are using Portlaoise.

She said money or investment could not solve the challenges facing Portlaoise because there were no critical care consultants, looking for a career move, who would want to apply for a post at one of the smallest critical care units in the country.

However Cllr O’Neill said there is concern “over the overflow that will flood Naas as a result of the downgrading of Portlaoise.”

She added: “Naas is already over capacity more often than not.”