Sligo General Hospital says it is in negotiations with Sligo Borough Council about requiring additional parking space at the hospital.
The general manager of Sligo General Hospital says she is acutely aware of the difficult situation surrounding parking at the hospital.
Sheila Smith has written to members of Bundoran Town Council in response to their concerns about bed capacity and parking facilities at the hospital which serves south Donegal.
Bundoran councillors are seeking a meeting with hospital management to discuss the situation.
In her response the general manager said some additional parking capacity has been provided. “Various initiatives have been taken over the last couple of years to create additional parking spaces and to encourage staff to cycle to work,” she said.
On the issues of beds she said the hospital is operating with a reduced capacity of 60 compared to 2009. She said the hospital is managing its activities in line with best practice and less in-patient beds are required. She said the hospital is focusing on day cases, more efficient use of beds, new developments in medical techniques and procedures, admitting patients on the day of surgery, discharge planning and better assessment and diagnosis.
“It is important to note that bed closures are not all therefore necessarily as a result of cost containment measures and reflect the change of emphasis in management conditions.”
Fine Gael councillor Denise Connolly told the April meeting of Bundoran Town Council that medical staff should not be cycling to work to solve a parking problem. “Doctors and nurses are working eight to eight shifts but someone would have the cheek to ask them to cycle to work,” she said.
Councillor Michael McMahon said he was grateful for the letter but still wants to send a delegation to meet management.