Figures released for 2004 Southern Health Boards service plan.

Tralee General Hospital expects to deal with 18 and a half thousand patients in the coming year, amounting to 85,000 bed days. An additional 40,000 outpatients will also be dealt with along with almost 30,000 in A and E. The figures were released as part of the Southern Health Boards service plan for 2004.In 2004 the Southern Health Board will spend in the region of one billion euro on the delivery of services in the Kerry and Cork region. The plan is framed with the age profile of the county in mind. Since the last census the 20 – 44 agree bracket has increased and this cushions demand on the health service in the immediate future. However in the longer term this will be converted into an elderly population requiring proportionately more services. The main aims for Tralee General Hospital for the coming year include regularization of consultant`s posts and the continuation of work on the cancer and cardiovascular strategies. The plan is being debated by members of the Health Board today.