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Work to start late this year on new facility for Kerry hospice

27 Mar

It’s hoped that work will begin on a new extension to the Palliative Care Unit of Kerry General Hospital, later this year.

Work to start late this year on new facility for Kerry hospice

Fundraisers with the Kerry Hospice have already raised €3 million of the €4.5 million cost of the new unit, which will include 15 en suite single rooms for patients with terminal illnesses. Architects will visit the site within the next fortnight, with planning permission being lodged and tenders being sought as soon as possible afterwards. Nursing Manager with the Suiamhneas Palliative Care Unit, Mari O’Connell, says the new facility will make a huge difference to both staff and patients at the hospice

via Radio Kerry.

HSE confirms plans to centralise acute care in the southern region

9 Jun

The HSE has confirmed plans to centralise all acute care for the southern region at one hospital in Cork city. It’s published a plan to remove specialised care from five hospitals in Cork and Kerry to a site at Cork University Hospital.

The changes will be made over the next five to six years. However the HSE insists that no hospital will be shut down – it says the emergency department, intensive care and acute surgery at Kerry General will remain open.

The report also says that basic acute care will continue in Bantry and Mallow, with more specialised services moved to CUH.


Kerry General Hospital to close laundry

3 Jun

Kerry General Hospital is to close its laundry and outsource the work. The decision was taken because of the significant investment required to update the existing facilities. Discussions have taken place with staff and unions, and a closure date in early August has been agreed.

Staff will be redeployed to other areas of the health service.

KGH is 10 percent above HSE staff limit

5 May

Kerry General Hospital has staff levels 10 percent above its HSE limit. That is the biggest breach of HSE staff ceilings for any hospital in the whole country. The figures are contained in the latest Health Stat report from the HSE for February. Overall Kerry General Hospital remains in the average category with room for improvement along with all but two of the country’s public hospitals.

Kerry General’s use of resources is still described as unsatisfactory and in need of urgent attention. The hospital ran over budget by 477 thousand euro in February spending over 13 point 1 million euro in the first two months of the year. Not only does Kerry General have excessive staff levels by HSE standards but the Executive has also highlighted high levels of staff absenteeism. Nurses at the hospital recorded double the acceptable level of time lost to sickness at around 7 percent. Waiting times for children and consultant led clinics are also highlighted as in need of attention.