Midlands cancer care to be relocated to Dublin amid coronavirus surge

Justin Kelly & Conor Ganly

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Justin Kelly & Conor Ganly

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Tullamore hospital

Cancer patients who receive oncology care in Tullamore hospital are set to have their care managed at a private hospital in Dublin for the duration of the coronavirus, the hospital's general manager has confirmed.

The Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore says it is actively planning to manage essential acute services through the Covid-19 pandemic taking into account the anticipated unprecedented demand on acute services. 

"This contingency planning for the Covid-19 period is based on patient safety, maintaining essential service, taking into account the limitations of our staffing numbers and expertise.

"As part of our contingency planning, a decision has been taken to temporarily relocate the Oncology/Haematology services to the Hermitage Medical Clinic.

"All service users have been contacted by their Medical Team to ensure a safe transition of care," it said.

Private hospitals have come under the control of the HSE for the duration of the crisis.

Noreen Hynes, General Manager Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore said the measures announced are temporary but necessary.

"It is so important that all of us within the health service take whatever steps are possible to ensure that we appropriately manage our available resources and protect our patients and secure the continuity of care.

"We are all committed to providing the best possible clinical care to those who need it and we believe that by taking these steps, the health system as a whole will be strengthened.

"The Hospital Management Team would like to thank our staff and service users for responsiveness and flexibility during these unprecedented times," she said.