13 May 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard


HEALTH Minister James Reilly has responded this week to public concerns expressed by Fianna Fail councillor Seamus Coyle over the future of St. Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney confirming that while refurbishment is to take place at the hospital, day care facilities, which are provided five days per week, will be relocated but the delivery of services “will continue”.

In his reply to Cllr Coyle, Minister Reilly says St. Mary’s Hospital is one of six facilities within Cavan and Monaghan which currently provides extended care for older people. He said the Blayney hospital, along with two other of these facilities had received substantial funding from his Department to undertake extensive refurbishment to ensure they comply with all of the HIQA regulations by 2015.

The Minister stated: “As building works are due to commence later this year management within St. Mary’s are working closely with the architects and the HSE Technical Department to minimise the disruption to the services provided by St. Mary’s.”

He said the closure period for day care will only occur at peak holiday times when numbers attending are low, and this will be monitored on an ongoing basis. The Minister has also also stated that the weather may also have an effect on closure, as risk assessments have indicated it is sometimes unsafe to take older people from their homes onto a minibus, to be transported on very slippery roads to a day care centre.

Minister Reilly has also indicated that “for an interim period” there will be no new admissions to St., Mary’s Hospital, but he stated in his letter, admission will recommence when the building works are completed.

Yesterday, Cllr Coyle said he was “very concerned” over the response received from Minister Reilly and the situation in relation to patients currently …

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