JUNIOR Minister Alan Kelly this week assured the North Tipperary public that Nenagh Hospital has a bright future. He also criticised Fianna Fail councillors for what he called “their new found passion for the hospital”.
“Having spoken to the new Mid-West manager, Ann Doherty, and the local manager, John Doyle, I can confirm that the hospital is is set to expand its day services further with ear, nose and throat services, dermatology, ophthalmic / phototherapy surgery, and pulmonary function testing.
These are all due to commence in the very near future. It is also going to commence a ‘heart failure clinic’, which will be of huge benefit to the people in North Tipperary. There will also be significant expansion in the area of urology and orthopaedics. I’m proud to say that compared to 2010 the hospital has increased its day services by 83% month on month to where it is now,” said Deputy Kelly.
The Labour TD revealed that he had been in talks with Ms Doherty and Minister for Health James Reilly to look at bringing the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme to Nenagh.
“I can also confirm that there are advanced plans to build a state-of-the-art theatre suite in 2012. Preparations work for this have already cost €250,000. The construction spend on this will be over €4m and I expect the contract for works to commence to be signed in the next week or so. This is a significant investment in the hospital by this Government and will make the hospital even more accessible for various surgical and medical procedures,” he said.
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