€12.6m spent, but still no beds -Wood

Our Lady's Hospital, Cashel

€12.6m spent, but still no beds -Wood

Close on €23m has been spent by the HSE on developments at Our Ladys Hospital Campus in Cashel since the transfer of Acute Services to South Tipperary General Hospital in 2007.

This information was given to Councillor Tom Wood at the May Regional Health Forum Meeting in Cork where he tabled a question relating to expenditure on the 1st and 2nd phase of refurbishment in Cashel.The construction of new structures, inclusive of design fees and other costs, amounted to €10.15m while €12.6m was spent on the main building.

In welcoming the day services presently provided from monday to friday in Cashel, Councillor Wood says, “its regretable that despite the millions spent on the main building there is not a single bed in place and while trollies regularly line the corridors in South Tipperary General Hospital, Our Ladys is in darkness. Many of the promises and commitments given prior to the transfer have never materialised and I will be calling on the new Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to come to Cashel and view the situation for himself.”As part of the response to his question he was informed that services provided in the main building include a Minor Injury Unit, Catering Services, Primary Care Services, Leg Ulcer/Wound Clinic, Radiology and Ultrasound, Disability Services and Services for Older People. Services are also provided by agencies including the Irish Wheelchair Association and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.

The new structures on the Campus, Re Nua, Lorica and Carrig Oir, house Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Services. Meanwhile the Le Cairde Unit has been upgraded to HIQA standards to facilitate the transfer of eleven residents from Saint Clares Ward at Saint Patricks Hospital.