HAC concern over Rehab Unit delay

Progress on new unit at Sacred Heart Hospital welcomed

Roscommon Hospital Action has welcomed news of plans to proceed with construction of a 50-bed nursing unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon.

Cllr. Valerie Byrne said the nursing unit, kitchen and catering facilities as well as extra car parking is a milestone that has been long awaited.

“While two wards – Our Lady’s and St Joseph’s – have to be demolished, I look forward to a modern and compliant facility for the people of County Roscommon” she said. “This facility is so important for this and future generations”.

Cllr. Byrne also endorsed a recent call by Deputy Denis Naughten for the inclusion of the surgery ward at Roscommon University Hospital in Government plans for 1,500 new beds across the country.

“Unused space at existing facilities must be the first place the Government looks to in which to include new surgical beds” she stated.

“Roscommon has the space, and with more staff could quickly offer surgical procedures to people that are waiting long periods to access them. However, the recruitment of staff for any new surgical beds is the biggest obstacle to this project”.

On the issue of the Rehab Unit planned for Roscommon Hospital – for which €7.5m was sanctioned back in 2015 – the HAC say they have continuously, including in the last four weeks, directly pressed the HSE for updates.

“We have received no reply. Concerns in relation to the slow progress of this project have already been highlighted and yet the HSE and the Estates wing of the organisation continue to prolong the process and frustrate everyone” Cllr. Byrne stated.