Progress on the development of Bantry General Hospital – Daly

Wednesday March 28th 2018

Progress on the development of Bantry General Hospital – Daly

High level meetings were held in Bantry General Hospital this week in an effort to progress development of the hospital and expand on the services currently provided. The meeting this week was attended by the South West hospital group CEO Mr. Gerry Dwyer, CUH Hospital manager Mr. Tony McNamara and senior staff and management of Bantry General Hospital. This meeting forms part of regular management meetings requested by local Deputy and Minister of State at the Department of Health Jim Daly in an effort to progress his ambitious plans for the hospital. 

The week the HSE confirmed that a preferred option to develop a new endoscopy unit at the hospital and a stand alone rehabilitation unit were approved at a recent national capital appraisal meeting and have been submitted to the Department of Health for funding approval. Discussions were also held in relation to the expansion of day case surgery time which is currently two and a half days per week, Minister Daly demanded more use be made of the state off the art theatres in Bantry and requested the HSE to implement a plan to open more hours and carry out more procedures as a matter of priority. 

Speaking today, Minister Daly said that he was happy with progress and it was great to have the plans drawn up and agreed. “We are now at a stage where the drawings have been agreed and the preferred option to develop services at Bantry have also been identified by the HSE, staff and management at the hospital who are supportive of these plans and it is now up to me to try and secure funding within my department to support this vital facility for West Cork. Bantry General Hospital is the only remote rural hospital in the country and it deserves Government support in recognition of this special status. I will continue to work with the management of Bantry General Hospital to secure the necessary funding to start the roll out of the expansion program for the hospital,” concluded Minister Daly