Cllr Tom Wood has extended his congratulations to the management and staff at St Patrick’s Hospital on achieving the highest level of accreditation on offer from the University of Leeds for best practice development and innovation.
Meanwhile he has called on the HSE to clarify the confusion surrounding the future of the Rehabilitation Unit at the hospital following conflicting statements from some politicians and the HSE.
“Its a year now since the staff at Saint Patrick’s called an emergency meeting on hearing, without any consultation, that the purposely built and widely acclaimed Rehabilitation Unit and other beds were to be transferred to an upper floor at Our Lady’s Hospital campus and now these conflicting statements are causing uncertainty and that is unfair to the staff, patients and their families.”
Over the past year, Cllr Wood has been in regular contact with the HSE Area Manager, the Minister for Health and HIQA in an effort to have the decision overturned so that the services available at St Patrick’s are protected and remain in situ. He contends that with north and south Tipperary merging there is a golden opportunity to promote Our Lady’s Hospital complex on a one county basis and allow the acclaimed services to prosper and further develop at St Patricks. “Attending the accreditation presentations at the hospital recently, when staff presented detailed papers on Falls Prevention, the Genio Project, Developing Complimentary Therapies to Enhance Connection with Patients, Human Givens, Training/Audit Structure, Compassion Review, Values in Health Care, Practice Development for End of Life Care, HIQA Report 2013, Hygiene and Infection Control, and a Review of Care Received, was an eye opener and an educational opportunity not to be missed while hearing the accreditation panels response was uplifting,” Cllr Wood said.