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Thursday, 6th December 2018

Lourdes Hospital to get a name change

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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital - is it to become known as University Hospital Drogheda, Drogheda Regional Hospital or Drogheda General Hospital?

What’s in a name? The local hospital in Drogheda has for many years been called Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital but that may be about to change.

The General Manager of the hospital, Fiona Brady, wrote to all staff members today informing them of her intention, “as part of the Senior Management Strategic Plan for Quarter 1, 2019”, to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to one of the following:

  1. University Hospital Drogheda
  2. Drogheda Regional Hospital
  3. Drogheda General Hospital

Ms Brady says in her letter: “I feel that now is the time for real change for the hospital.  I believe the services we provide should be the very best, and that the integrity and transparency of how we do our business be beyond reproach and ultimately be proven in our results and outcomes."

Our Lady of Lourdes, it is a very Catholic name but is it offensive to non-Catholics or non-Christians? 

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A new hospital would never be given such a name these days but "The Lourdes" as most people call it has been around for over 60 years and is the town's largest employer as well as being part of the fabric of the town. As long as they are receiving the right treatment, does the name matter to anyone?

The hospital was opened by the Medical Missionaries of Mary as the International Missionary Training Hospital (IMTH) in 1957, and was transferred to then North Eastern Health Board (now the HSE) in 1997.

Ms. Brady has asked staff members to respond with their choice of name by close of business on Friday week, December 14th.

This article was written by Andy Spearman

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