Cautious welcome for hospital plan

Paddy Buggy of the Shaen Hospital action group said Shaen “excels” in the care of patients with dementia and Alzheimers and is vitally important for the Midlands. “The care of the patients in St Fintans is also a priority and should some or all of them transfer to Shaen as outlined in this proposal then they will continue to receive excellent care. The community of Shaen will welcome these patients and it is hoped that this proposal if implemented will guarantee the continued provision of excellent care for patients with dementia and alzheimers by one of the best teams in the country located in Shaen Hospital.”

Paddy Buggy of the Shaen Hospital action group said Shaen “excels” in the care of patients with dementia and Alzheimers and is vitally important for the Midlands. “The care of the patients in St Fintans is also a priority and should some or all of them transfer to Shaen as outlined in this proposal then they will continue to receive excellent care. The community of Shaen will welcome these patients and it is hoped that this proposal if implemented will guarantee the continued provision of excellent care for patients with dementia and alzheimers by one of the best teams in the country located in Shaen Hospital.”

Meanwhile Gary O’Keefe of the Abbeyleix Hospital Action Commitee said he hoped the HSE would see sense.

“We will be happy with any move from the HSE to bring logic and common sense to the whole situation,” he said.

“It is distressing that despite all of the calls made to stop the inexcusable delay , no recommendation has been made by the HSE as to the future of the unit in Abbeyleix,” he said.

Mr O’Keeffe said the Abbeyleix action committee is meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the facts behind the latest plan to fill the beds, and to discuss what actions will be taken.