Local TD, Denis Naughten and Senator Terry Leyden have both welcomed the opening of the new state-of-the-art older people facilities at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town.
“While there has been a lot of doom and gloom regarding health services in Roscommon, a positive story involving €4.2m redevelopment at Roscommon’s Sacred Heart Hospital has gone un-noticed,” says Denis Naughten.
“In the last few weeks the newly refurbished St. Catherine’s ward has re-opened with 37 beds as one of the most modern facilities in the country for the care of older people. The new ward not only provides modern facilities for long-term residents and staff, but also provides an increased capacity of one third for the very important rehabilitation unit at the hospital.
“In addition to this the new ward provides for a 50 percent increase in the respite bed capacity and three palliative care beds which will be a huge backup support for the long term care of older people in their own homes.
“While the new facilities are very welcome and provide additional choices for older people requiring long term care, there are also exciting plans for the services to be developed for older people including the provision for those with dementia and those at risk of falling.
“Having viewed the new facilities first hand I would like to commend Dr. Gerry O’Mara, Julie Silke Daly, Director of Nursing and the nursing, care and support staff at the hospital for the excellent service that they provide.
“We hear criticism of our health service everyday however the developments in both the building and care at the Sacred Heart Hospital is one of its real success stories,” concluded Denis Naughten.
The recent refurbishment to St. Catherine’s Ward in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon has been complimented by Senator Terry Leyden as “top class” and well deserving of the hospital’s residents and staff.
“I believe that the investment made by the HSE and the Department is a vote of confidence in the professionalism and importance that the hospital holds in delivering health care services to the region; and I would hope that this investment continues for the people of Roscommon.
“This is a new state-of-the-art care environment for older people in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon. Its purpose is to provide rehabilitation, respite, palliative and long stay care for older persons. It is led by consultant physician Dr Gerry O Mara, who leads the service medically with the team of dedicated physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists and health care assistants.”
Senator Leyden, who made a recent visit to the ward, paid tribute to the management and staff of the hospital, and was particularly delighted to see services, such as the Falls Assessment Service for older persons, being provided. The innovative service aims to prevent and reduce the impact of falls in older persons. Specialised equipment which completes a cardiovascular assessment to support clinical planning for older people has been purchased which is the first of its kind in older person service.
“I wish the Director of Nursing, Julie Silke, Dr. O’Mara and all the staff the very best in the new facilities; and am genuinely impressed with how it has turned out. I am also happy to see that the Sacred Heart Hospital will continue to offer respite care for the people of Roscommon.”