A NEW surgical centre and outpatient facility at Croom orthopaedic hospital along with an increase in the number of long-stay patient beds at St. Ita’s Hospital in Newcastlewest are among developments planned by the HSE in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Confirmation that work is to proceed at both hospitals was welcomed this week by Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan who said that this was as a result of discussions with the Department of Health and the HSE over many months.“Earlier this year, I organised a very productive meeting between Health Minister Leo Varadkar and representatives of the medical team in Croom. Before that, I facilitated a visit by the former Minister James Reilly to St. Ita’s where he met with the Hospital staff and representatives of the Friends of St. Ita’s.“Over the last number of months, I have met with the HSE in the Mid West on a number of occasions in relation to both hospitals to impress upon them the need for investment in the facilities and I am glad now to see that plans are being developed for both locations.”Deputy O’Donovan was told that the plans are at a very early stage “but I believe that the most important thing is that by working with the representatives and volunteers attached to both St. Ita’s and Croom, we have been able to get the HSE to see the value of prioritising the two hospitals for investment.“This initial phase of the process is probably the most important. Without a plan, money cannot be allocated from the HSE budget, so the fact that they have agreed to start this work and already have detailed proposals being put together is very positive.“The next steps will also be challenging where we have to fight for our share of the national HSE capital budget, but I am confident based on the commitment of the HSE locally that working together we can convince the HSE nationally to make these investments”, he added. Previous articleAmbulance crew shortages force stand-downsNext articleGardai arrest suspect in Newcastle West assault Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Facebook Print Advertisement NewsCommunityDevelopments at Croom and St ItasBy Bernie English – August 25, 2015 1149 Linkedin Twitter Email
By Joe ChapmanA YOUTHFUL Upper Demerara, brimming with confidence after a tense start and boosted by a home crowd following, punished West Demerara 3-0 to capture the inaugural GT Beer Super Sunday Night Super Cup Inter-Association crown and stash away the first $1M on Wednesday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Coach Anthony ‘Toto’ Stephens’ trust in this bunch of intelligent players paid off after settling in from an early chance which went a-begging. Kellon Primo had motored down the right and sent a pass to the midfield but that player Jashawn Moore hit the ball over the crossbar.West Demerara responded in kind with an offensive play, but the shot taken was saved by their captain Shaquille Frank, diving brilliantly low to his left.Then it was Jermain Samuels who squared the ball to an unmarked Primo, who somehow was unable to control and he hit the ball just over the crossbar much to the surprise of the home fans.However, Upper Demerara were able to make amends to those early let-ups and from a corner, with the ball seemingly running into touch it was kept into play.This time Jomain Samuels latched on to it and his left foot volley sent Upper Demerara into a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.And for the next 15 minutes of play the Upper Demerara side played positively and maintained their grasp, as West Demerara were constantly put on the back foot. The first half ended in favour of the home team.After play resumed, the Upper Demerara team maintained their focus and were rewarded in the 67th minute, as a foul enabled Randy Small to step up and bang home a powerful 30-yard free kick that dipped and rushed into the back of the net, making it 2-0. The crowd went into frenzy.Still in control and playing with some amount of ease at this stage of the game, the Linden team got their third and final goal of the game against a tiring West Demerara side in the 81st minute.Kellon Primo secured his sixth goal of the tournament and was later named Most Valuable Player. In tandem with the attacking midfielder Denzil Fordyce, they exchanged passes and Primo beat the opposing West Demerara goalkeeper to score for that 3-0 advantage.By then it was all over, bar the shouting and Upper Demerara deservedly carted off the major spoils and trophy in front of an ecstatic crowd.West Demerara gained $600 000 for their effort. Essequibo/Pomeroon who played an exhibition game which they won 4-2 against a President’s XI (Georgetown failed to turn up) won $400 000.