Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel has the potential to provide a high quality environment for the provision of older person’s services, the HSE has stated.
The statement was made in the wake of concern expressed locally that the rehabilitation unit at the town’s St. Patrick’s Hospital would be moved to Our Lady’s.
The HSE says there are a number of vacant wards and offices at Our Lady’s Hospital, which have been refurbished to a very high standard.
“All proposals in relation to the relocation of services from St. Patrick’s Hospital to Our Lady’s Hospital Campus will be made in consultation with key stakeholders for the provision of older persons services.
All decisions in relation to the delivery of older persons services will be determined following careful consideration and with the aim of providing the highest quality of patient care, with patient needs at the centre of the process”, the statement added.
Our Lady’s should be utilised more but not to the detriment of St. Patrick’s Hospital, Cllr. Sean McCarthy stated at the monthly meeting of Cashel Town Council.
St. Patrick’s was recognised nationally as the prime rehabilitation unit in the country, said Cllr. McCarthy, a GP and member of the HSE South.
He was of the impression that commonsense had prevailed and that the HSE realised it was a national treasure, especially for those who had suffered strokes or unusual fractures, with intensive rehab and physio provided with great expertise.
In order to address the under-utilisation of Our Lady’s he understood that a significant number of intermediate and step-down beds for patients who had been treated by the acute emergency services at South Tipp General Hospital in Clonmel would be provided at Our Lady’s.
There was a positive energy at St. Patrick’s that you could feel at the hospital doors, said Cllr. Maribel Wood.
It was an amazing place and she didn’t know why a purpose-built unit on the ground floor would be moved to the second floor at Our Lady’s.