THE HSE confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon that St Brigids Hospital, Shaen, Portlaoise is to close within the next six months.
The HSE once again blamed the ongoing budget cuts, the public sector recruitment ban and future HIQA standards, as the reasons to close the hospital.
Yesterday they began consultation with the residents and their families on their options for alternative care arrangements. The HSE has not provided a timeline for the closure, however, they said that “the orderly wind down of the service will be conducted over a period of approximately of six months.”
Staff at the unit will be redeployed to other services. The HSE said that where possible staff and patients will be transferred to the same location. The HSE claim that Shaen is being close to “optimise the use of the available resources in Laois/Offaly.”
“By so doing the available resource will be consolidated in the remaining four units ensuring the ongoing provision of high quality, safe services in those units,” the statement said.
The HSE acknowledged the excellent commitment and high level of care always shown by staff at Shaen to both the residents and their fellow staff members.