The HSE has informed local representatives that consultation is to take place on the proposed move of St Patrick’s Hospital rehab unit.
It was announced 12 months ago that the purpose built unit it to be moved from St Patrick’s Hospital to the upper floors at the nearby Our Lady’s Hospital campus.
Cllr Tom Wood says he has been informed that the consultation is to take place but he also points out there was no consultation before the initial announcement.
Responding to a recent letter from Cllr Wood, who has raised the issue at many levels over the past year, the Area Manager for Community and Continuing Care, Ms Anna Marie Lanigan, wrote: “the HSE’s aim is to ensure that the facilities and the environment for patients are of the highest standard. There are a number of vacant beds and offices at Our Lady’s Hospital Campus which have been refurbished to a very high standard. This facility has the potential to provide a high quality environment for the provision of older persons’ services.
“Nationally, additional funding has been provided in relation to the provision of Transitional Care and Rehabilitation beds for which a submission has been made on behalf of the South Tipperary area.
“All proposals in relation to the relocation of services from Saint Patrick’s Hospital to Our Lady’s Hospital Campus will be made in consultation with key stakeholders for the provision of older persons services. The outcome of the submission in relation to the additional Transitional Care Beds will be considered in association with the proposal for the relocation of services from Saint Patrick’s to Our Lady’s Hospital Campus.
“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”.