Daly continues to drive investment to West Cork Community Hospitals

May 22nd 2018

 

Daly continues to drive investment to West Cork Community Hospitals

Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister for State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, is continuing to drive an investment programme in Community Hospitals in the West Cork region.

Minister Daly has today confirmed that hospitals across West Cork are being prioritised for capital investment that will allow for extension and renovations of the units. Speaking recently Minister Daly said, ‘I can confirm that investment will be prioritised for Community Hospitals in Skibbereen, Bandon, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Kinsale and Castletownbere. Hospitals across the country need to meet HIQA requirements and I will be ensuring that hospitals in West Cork are progressed and upgraded to meet HIQA standards without delay. Projects recently completed such as Bandon and Kinsale that have been awaited by the people for over forty years are classic examples of this.’

Minister Daly confirmed that planning applications have already been submitted to Cork County Council for Community Hospitals in Skibbereen, Dunmanway and Castletownbere.

In Kinsale Community Hospital phase 1 works, the installation of stairs and a lift, have been completed and a design team are working on phase 2, and this follows a major upgrade of the main hospital completed in the last few years. In Clonakilty Hospital, a design team is to be appointed shortly to progress a planning application for an upgrade.

Bandon Community Hospital has completed its refurbishment and extension works which have provided twenty-five beds. While twelve step-down care beds were introduced to Clonakilty Hospital earlier this year, a measure that has made a positive impact on the waiting list to Cork University Hospital.

The West Cork Deputy is also driving an investment agenda at Bantry General Hospital to construct a new endoscopy unit and a rehabilitation unit along with increased surgery time at the hospital. “As long as I am in this job I will use every avenue available to me to prioritise health services in West Cork. This ambitious plan for Bantry General Hospital which I have been pursuing for the past twelve months or so has received approval of the HSE at National level and it will now be considered in the upcoming capital plan by my Department.”

Minister Daly concluded, ‘“As the Minister with responsibility for older persons, I will continue to modernize our hospital network across West Cork with a particular focus on putting the “hospital” back in to our community nursing homes to ensure the highest level of medical care is available to us all as we get older – in our own community”.

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