The head of nursing at St Brigid’s District Hospital in Carrick-on-Suir has given an assurance that there is no threat to the hospital’s future in response to recent concerns and speculation in the town due to a reduction in patient beds.
The Director of Nursing at St Brigid’s Hospital Anne Guida sent a letter to Carrick-on-Suir Town Council stating that there was no need for concern over the future of the hospital.
The letter read out by Town Clerk Michael O’Brien at the Town Council’s latest meeting outlined that it was true that bed numbers have been slightly reduced due to the moratorium on staff recruitment but stressed this was no different to the position of any hospital in the country at the moment.
The Director of Nursing said she understood the position will be reviewed in the the New Year. She believed the moratorium was likely to be lifted and St Brigid’s had people waiting to fill the vacant positions.
She said there had never been any threat to the hospital and she was confident this would remain the position and she was confident that this will remain the position.
Ms Guida wrote the letter in response to an invitation she received from the Town Council to attend one of its meetings to discuss what role couniclors could play in safeguarding the hospital’s future.
She stated in the letter that she saw no need for her to attend a Council meeting in view of the fact there wasn’t any threat to the hospital.
Her letter concluded by acknowledging the support of the Council and assured councillors that if she became concerned that there was the slightest hint of a threat in the future, she knew that the Town Council and all the people of Carrick-on-Suir were fully supported the hospital and she would not hesitate to seek their help.
Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan, who voiced concerns about the future of the hospital at the Council’s October meeting and tabled a motion seeking reassurances from the HSE, welcomed the letter.