The Health Service Executive has this week told The Tipperary Star that no decision has been finalised in relation to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, or St Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit, Nenagh regarding to the reorganisation of services in order to meet budgets for the year.
The statement from the HSE comes following a query from this newpaper into the status of the Community Hopital of the Assumption in Thurles after it emerged that hospital management are engaged in devising a contingency plan to avert the closure of further respite beds in the facility - five have already been lost in the last year, while long term stay beds, when they come available, are being redesignated as respite ones. The expectation is that a further ten bed places will be cut at the hopital.
One source told The Tipperary Star, “ We are pretty sure there will be bed closures here in Thurles, but at this stage we don’t know how many. We are still awaiting clarification but a contingency plan has to be put in place by September and we expect that respite beds will be lost to us,” we were informed.
The Community Hospital of the Assumption had well over fifty long stay beds at one stage, but none of these are being replaced any more. Instead long term care requests are being referred to local nursing homes.
We understand that there is no threat whatsoever to rehab and palliative care services at the hospital.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star