Killybegs Community Council is holding a public meeting in response to concerns about the possible downgrading of Killybegs Community Hospital.
Patricia Murrin, KCC secretary, said meeting was called “to discuss proposed changes by the HSE which would seriously downgrade” the hospital. The meeting will take place at 8pm on Monday, January 13 in the Bayview Hotel.
She added: “The people of south west Donegal have been unstinting in their support of the hospital over the years, and raised huge amounts of money, especially for an x-ray facility. Proposed changes at the hospital would have a very serious impact on people here. That’s not what they worked so hard for.” Ms Murrin encouraged everyone - including HSE members, general public, politicians and community groups - to attend, saying it “would be in everyone’ interest”.
An HSE spokesperson yesterday referred to a meeting on October 8 at which John Hayes, HSE Area Manager and Gwen Mooney, Manager HSE’s Older People’s Services, assured KSE representatives that there were no plans to downgrade the hospital. Twelve beds at the 41 bed hospital are now designated as Long Stay, an increase of five beds, the spokesperson added. Analysis of future residential bed needs in south Donegal has been forwarded to the Dept. of Health for consideration.
Day services continue, with priority given to those with Nursing and Care Needs. Physiotherapy Services have been reviewed and additional staff have been deployed from within the service to Killybegs. The recruitment of a physiotherapist to fill the vacant post is nearing completion. The X Ray Service continues to operate two days per week on a Monday and Thursday.
Due to a suspected outbreak of Norovirus, the hospital was closed to admissions yesterday and visiting restricted.