'Drastic changes' for Nenagh Hospital

The role of Nenagh Hospital in Tipperary is to ‘change drastically’ and this will have an adverse effect on the thousands of people it serves, the Labour Party has claimed.

According to Senator Alan Kelly, he has been given access to a memo from the Director of Nursing, which points to major changes for the hospital.

He said the memo followed a meeting of regional managers in the mid west with the head of the HSE, Prof Brendan Drumm. At this meeting, it was confirmed that:
-Acute surgery and overnight work will be moved to Mid West Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle (Limerick Regional Hospital).
-A&E services in the hospital will be reviewed and will become nurse-led.
-Critical care services will be reviewed. The elderly care unit in the hospital is already closed for the summer.

Senator Kelly said that effectively, Nenagh Hospital will be transferring many of its functions to Limerick Regional. This, he said, will have ‘a drastic impact’ on north Tipperary.

“The memo puts the future of Nenagh Hospital firmly in the category of a day hospital with day surgery, nurse led outpatient clinics and diagnostics to the fore and yet this is a hospital that has a CT scanner lying idle for some sixteen months now. This will mean that any overnight surgery will have to now take place in Limerick, thereby creating hardship for the people in the area,” he insisted.

He pointed out that Nenagh Hospital has been taking on a greater workload since the closure of the hospital in Cashel, with more people now being directed to it from the Thurles area.

“I am sick and tired of the management of our health service by an organisation that refuses to divulge their real plans and when forced to do so ‘spins’ the message incredibly. Why hasn’t Prof Drumm come out and explained his plans for acute services in the mid west Hospitals? Why are we reliant on a drip of information from friendly leaks?” Senator Kelly added.

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