The HSE is to address progress on healthcare facilities in the Cashel area in the coming weeks, says Cllr Tom Wood.
Ms Kate Killeen-White, Head of Social Care Services with the HSE has informed Councillor Wood that issues raised by him at Regional Health Forum Meetings over the past few months relating to the proposed replacement of Saint Patrick's Community Nursing Home in Cashel with a new development to meet HIQA standards by 2021 will be addressed shortly.
Ms Killeen-White says that HSE Social Care personnel, and the General Manager for Older People and the Manager of Services for Older People in South Tipperary will meet with stakeholders and elected representatives.
The HSE has asked about plans to utilise hospital lodges and former residences in Cashel.
In replying to questions tabled at the November Health Forum meeeting on any plans to utilise the former lodge at Saint Patricks Hospital, the gate lodge at Our Ladys Hospital and the derelict former doctors residence at Old Road, Cashel, Cllr Wood was advised that, “the National Capital Committee has approved funding to replace Saint Patricks Hospital. As part of the redevelopment of this site the former lodge building may need to be considered.”
It will be factored into the overall design brief as appropriate. The gate lodge at Our Lady's Health Campus was surveyed by an external property caretaking service in 2016 and given the condition of the building it was deemed to be uninhabitable at the time.
The former Doctors residence on the Old Road has been sold to the Department of Education and Skills.
The contract was signed in September 2017 and closing documents are being prepared with the close of the sale due by year end.”
In response, Councillor Wood welcomed the progress relating to the former Doctors residence adjacent to the Primary schools on the Old Road saying it was his understanding that the site in question would be developed to facilitate traffic management in the area of the school.
In cautiously welcoming the decision to factor in the lodge at Saint Patricks in the overall design for the new Community Nursing Home project he said that an application from the Order of Malta earlier this year to acquire it for meetings was rejected by the HSE and it was vitally important that it was not left to deteriorate like the gate lodge at Our Lady's.
Cllr Wood informed the meeting that the lodge and main hospital building at Our Ladys Complex were both protected structures and he was sure that some beneficial use could be found for it.