Kerry Health Service Improvements

16 Jan

11 million euro has been secured for a new accident and emergency unit at Kerry General Hospital. However there’s bad news for St Columbanus in Killarney; it’s to lose 18 beds. The announcements come following a meeting between Regional Health Forum members in the HSE South and HSE senior managers.

Work on the long awaited accident and emergency unit for Kerry General Hospital is to begin this year.

The HSE’s confirmed 11million euro has been allocated to the project, although a start date hasn’t yet been set. The building work will take 12 months to complete, and will also include a resuscitation room, and special facilities for children.

However St Columbanus home in Killarney is to lose 18 of its 150 beds; its Rowan Ward will close as beds become vacant. But Tralee and Dingle are to benefit. Tralee’s new Community Hospital is to open in the summer with 50 beds; and Dingle’s new Community Hospital, which is also to open during the summer will have 68 beds.

6 detox beds are to go from Kerry General; this in line with the HSE’s plans to deal with these patients in the community. Also at Kerry General, the HSE is to develop a Colposcopy service and refurbish the Rathass Ward. A new service for the homeless in Killarney will be rolled out, as well as the implementation of the Traveller Primary Health Care Project in Kerry. The expansion of orthodontic services in Kerry will also be fully implemented this year

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