12 New Critical Care beds open in Tallaght University Hospital

The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, to which Tallaght University Hospital belongs, currently serve a population of over 1.

Tallaght University Hospital has officially opened a new 1,750 square metre Intensive Care Wing, hosting 12 new Critical Care beds.

The Critical Care Area in TUH caters for a catchment area of 650,000 people and previously comprised nine Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, five Post-Anaesthesia Critical Care Unit (PACCU) beds which manage elective and emergency postoperative patients, and two High Dependency Unit (HDU) beds located in the coronary care unit.

The additional beds are located across two zones, each with their own central nursing station. They will be supported by 146 whole time equivalent staff made up of nursing, consultant intensivists, registrars, and Health & Social Care Professionals.

The recruitment for medical staff is completed, and the recruitment of the additional Health & Social Care professionals is at the final stages, according to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Nursing recruitment is ongoing with 50 posts filled. It is hoped that the remaining staff will be in place by January/February 2023, the hospital added.

The existing ICU in TUH, which is 24 years old, will be refurbished between September and December. The additional bed capacity will increase from 12 to 21 beds from January upon completion of the refurbishment programme.

TUH was officially designated as a Trauma Unit in April 2021. The Hospital also says it will be in a better position to cater for the increased demand for ICU care when further expansion takes place later this.

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