A spokesperson for the HSE has confirmed that they have been working closely with HIQA over the past number of months to facilitate the continued delivery of services at St Patrick’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Following concerns raised by Cllr Seadhna Logan regarding the future of the facility, the HSE issued a statement to the Leitrim Observer acknowledging that the majority of long stay units were built prior to HIQA Regulation in 2009 and a number of these, including St Patrick’s Hospital, do not comply fully with infrastructure standards.
In last week’s paper, Cllr Logan said he feared that the Carrick-on-Shannon hospital was on a list of 72 State run nursing homes that will face closure if not upgraded to HIQA standards by July 2015.
St Patrick’s Hospital was built in the 1840s and the HSE admits that the current unit will require replacement, however it is stressed that the HSE has “continued to invest in the buidilng so that it continues to provide appropriate facilites for residents”.
A spokesperson for the HSE said that all public residential units providing long stay beds in Ireland are currently fully registered with HIQA.
In 2014 €36m was allocated in the HSE’s Capital Plan for the continued upgrade of public residential facilities. As part of this process a comprehensive review of all public units was undertaken in 2012/2013 which is informing capital funding allocations to bring as many units as possible to full compliance. This is an ongoing process and €122.34m in total has been allocated between 2014 and 2018 for this purpose.
The HSE acknowledged that units like St Patrick’s Hospital “provide a significant number of long stay beds in areas of high demand” and said “the HSE has been working closely with HIQA over the past number of months to meet the re-registration requirements of these units in 2015 to facilitate the continued delivery of these services”.