Re-organisation of Services At Mallow and Bantry General Hospitals

The Roadmap for Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital Services, published in November 2010, outlines a clearly defined and essential role for Mallow and Bantry General Hospitals as part of a wider acute hospital network in Cork and Kerry. According to Regional Director of Operations for HSE South, Mr. Pat Healy “both hospitals will continue to provide treatment and care that is appropriate for patients in the locality, delivering healthcare as close as possible to patients’ homes. Patients should only have to travel to larger hospitals for more complex care. No service will be removed from either Mallow or Bantry until alternative services are in place.”

The HSE South will continue to work closely with senior clinicians, professionals and management in both hospitals during the coming weeks and months as the changes are being implemented.

Patient care and the quality of service provided at both hospitals are of paramount importance to the HSE South and we are actively implementing the recommendations of the HIQA Mallow report. To this end, work has been undertaken to assure the safety and quality of services for patients and this means that the emergency services provided at both hospitals along with pre-hospital care is being re-organised, in line with the Reconfiguration Roadmap recommendations, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients. This re-organisation includes the following:

A team of advanced paramedics (APs) has already been established in west Cork (since November 2009) and is due to come on stream in north Cork in November 2011. An AP is certified to perform advanced life support procedures including intubation, defibrillation and administration of drugs under a doctor’s direction. APs can perform additional life saving treatment at the emergency scene which previously had to be done in a hospital.

Mallow will have an Urgent Care Centre open 12/7 from November 2011 and a Medical Assessment Unit open 12/7 is expected to open by April 2012.

Bantry already has a Medical Assessment Unit open 12/7 since February 2010 and will have an Urgent Care Centre open 12/7.