Minister of State with responsibility for Older People Mr. Jim Daly, TD paid a courtesy visit to Millstreet and Kanturk Community Hospitals this week. The Minister visited the Hospitals on an invitation by North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea who has been liaising with the Minister on the refurbishment of both Kanturk & Millstreet Community Hospitals.
The Minister & Cllr. O’ Shea met with Management of the Hospitals along with Senior Management from the HSE and got a full briefing on the refurbishment of both Hospitals. The Minister was given a tour of the Hospitals and met with staff and residents during his visit.
Cllr. O’ Shea said “It was great to have the Minister Daly visit both Millstreet and Kanturk Community Hospitals as I was keen to show him firsthand the work of each Hospital and how important both facilities are to the North Cork region. It was also good for the Management & Staff at the Hospitals to show the Minister the good work and care that takes place in these facilities and update him on the progress of refurbishment plans for each Hospital”.
Kanturk Community Hospital has a full design team appointed and is due to seek planning permission for a complete refurbishment of the Hospital by December 2018. The Hospital when completed will have a total of 40 beds at the Hospital with 28 of these having single rooms. While the refurbishment works are going through the final stages of design, planning and tendering, essential Fire Safety works will be carried out at the Hospital to ensure compliance with HIQA regulations.
Millstreet Community Hospital has recently completed Phase 1 of its refurbishment and their design team is currently preparing a design for Phase 2 of the Hospital’s refurbishment. It is envisaged planning permission will be sought for Phase 2 of the refurbishment in approx March 2019 with the tendering and construction of Phase 2 happening thereafter. Both hospitals must adhere to the Health Information & Quality Authority National Standards for Resident Care Settings for Older People.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “Both Hospitals currently play an integral role in the care of the elderly in their respective communities and it is imperative that the HSE must ensure that both these refurbishments proceed as soon as is practically possible. The care provided in the Community Hospitals is second to none and we must ensure we support the residents of the Hospitals, their families and the staff as we go through this process”.
Cllr. O’ Shea concluded by saying “I will continue to work with Minister Daly and Government colleagues to ensure that the HSE progresses these vital refurbishments to both Kanturk & Millstreet Community Hospitals. It is good reassurance for the public that excellent quality residential care will continue to be available in both Kanturk & Millstreet towns through our Community Hospitals for those who need these facilities. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the work of the staff and management of both hospitals, their work provides a vital service to the patients, families and communities across North Cork”.