Health Minister James Reilly confessed to being “very impressed with the excellent facilities” at the Thurles Community Hospital of the Assumption on Friday last when he visited for the first time.
Confirming that the hospital would return to a 60 bed unit by the end of September with the addition of eleven extra staff, Minister Reilly was very warmly received at the facility which he toured extensively - he spent three hours more there than he was supposed to and met with a number of local groups incluing the Action Group.
“It is all I thought it would be and more besides and there is a wonderful ethos of care here. It is very clear that the patients in the long stay end of things are very happy. But, the real new and exciting part of this development is the rehabilitation, and the new staff which have been recruited to allow the next ten beds to open, bringing the full compliment up to 60. I think it is important to say that we had a very difficult situation pertaining earlier on where the beds were reduced in both Nenagh and Roscrea and they have been brought up as well.
“This secures the future here but the realy exciting thing now is the connection with the geriatrition visiting here twice a week from Dooradoyle and a Registrar appointed here as well. We have not done the full figures yet but there is an indication that we can double our throughput of patients, so patients are coming in earlier because GP’s are referring them directly, and they are being turned around much more quickly. We are intervening earlier so that patients are being dealt with before they actually need to go an emergency department,” he said.
“We will be at 60 beds by the end of September – it was at 45 when I came into office - and we will keep pursuing our goal of opening the facility up to it’s full capacity,” said Minister Reilly who made a big impression and was very easy and warm with staff, patients and those with whom he interacted.