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HSE look for 200 northside beds

31 Aug 2015

Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

The HSE intends to invite private contractors with expertise in the delivery of community hospital-type services to possibly provide 150 to 200 long-stay and short-stay beds on the north side of Dublin.

For several years, the major hospitals in north Dublin have been losing massive amounts of bed capacity as a result of delayed discharges, resulting in patients waiting in emergency departments on trolleys or having their operations cancelled because there is no space for admissions.

As far back as September 2009, then Minister for Health Dr James Reilly highlighted the issue, indicating that the HSE could solve the problem by contracting available nursing home beds in the area.

At the time, Minister Reilly noted that Beaumont and the Mater Hospitals alone had lost almost 40,000 bed days to delayed discharges in the first six months of that year.

In a Prior Information Notice (PIN), which the Executive has stressed was not a call for competition, the HSE said the move would involve the provision of 150 to 200 long-stay (including caring for patients with high-end and complex care needs) and short-stay beds (providing a combination of sub-acute and transitional care) in one location on the north side of Dublin city.

“The requirement will be to have a minimum of 150 beds to commence opening on a phased basis from November 2015 providing services at selected dependency levels to best meet patient and service requirements in the Dublin North City geographic area i.e. facilitating patients from Beaumont Hospital, the Mater Hospital and Connolly Hospital catchment area.”

Ultimately, bidders will be invited to offer a suitable facility and to operate it or to provide a facility only — although delivery of a facility and its operation is preferred. Services would be provided under licence from the HSE.

Lloyd Mudiwa

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times