The chairman of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign Peadar Tóibín TD has stated that “Covid has proven without a shadow of a doubt the need for a fully functional Hospital here in Meath”.
He told Meath Live “Imagine if there was no Save Navan Hospital Campaign. Imagine if the people of Meath did not make a stand to protect our A&E. Imagine if the government had got away with closing our A&E. Consider for 1 minute the health chaos that there would be in this Covid Crisis. We would have no critical ICU beds in Navan in this time of need”.
“There are 30 patients in Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan with Covid. There are 140 in Drogheda with Covid. There are 50 staff absent from work in Navan either due to Covid or as a close contact. The Health crisis in Meath would be far worse only that the people of Meath defended our Hospital”.
“Many people have commented to me over the last few week that the staff at Our Lady’s have been phenomenal. The standard of work and the commitment despite the this dangerous environment by staff has been outstanding. We owe these staff a debt of gratitude. One way of showing this is for people to be cautious and careful and make sure that they keep their contacts as low as possible. Doing the simple stuff right again and again on social distancing, washing hands and being careful can take the pressure off”.
“It has also come to my attention that the Surgical Transfer Policy that has been in place for 10 years is now being changed. Instead of a system that has worked reasonably well in sending patients in need of emergency surgery to 5 different hospitals on a rota, the HSE now wants all emergency surgery patients to be sent to Drogheda alone”.
“Drogheda is under immense pressure at the moment. This is no time for such a change to be made. I do not have confidence that Drogheda would be able to take these patients. I am calling on the HSE to stop this action now and to consider implementing the necessary resources in Navan so that we can treat these patients here.  .