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January 05, 2012

Daly welcomes response from HSE about St Vincent’s Hospital

Richard DalyRichard Daly, Fine Gael County Councillor and Cathaoirleach of Athy Town Council, has welcomed a response from the HSE in relation to the future direction of St Vincent’s Hospital in Athy. Following requests from Athy Town Council, Athy Area Committee and Kildare County Council a response has been received from HSE Area Manager David Walsh

“I am glad that there has been clarity given on the HSE ‘s intentions regarding our local hospital. In his letter to Kildare County Council Mr Walsh has confirmed the security of 120 beds in St. Vincent’s with another 6 beds being converted for rehabilitation for early discharge patients from Naas Hospital.

Mr Walsh further confirms the expansion of the dementia service and while there may be some movement within the hospital no patient will have to leave the hospital. In relation to staff there may be some redeployment across the hospital but no staff will lose their jobs.

These confirmations from the HSE must be welcomed by staff, patients and their families and those who have been campaigning for the secure future of the hospital.

While we must always be vigilant in protecting this vital service in our community, the immediate future of St. Vincent’s Hospital must be seen as secure.

I hope this gives comfort to the many patients who have been worried about their future” said Cllr Daly.