The HSE has moved to clarifiy plans for St. Patrick’s Hospital on the Cahir Road, and Our Lady’s Hospital, following a recent meeting. The HSE says its aim is to “ensure that the facilities and the environment for patients at St Patrick’s Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital Campus, Cashel are of the highest standard”.
A spokesperson said “there are a number of vacant wards and offices at Our Lady’s Hospital Campus, Cashel 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 person’s 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 for the South Tipperary area.
“All proposals in relation to the relocation of services from St 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 St Patrick’s Hospital to Our Lady’s Hospital Campus, Cashel.
“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.”
Our Lady’s is also at the centre of controversy in recent weeks with fears that the ambulance service based there could be downgraded.
Deputy Seamus Healy said: “Any such transfer would be totally unacceptable and would significantly reduce the level of ambulance cover available for Cashel, Tipperary and the general mid and west Tipperary areas.”