Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (713)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

726 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health if, on the occasion of his visit to St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy, County Kildare, on 6 July 2012, he gave any undertakings in relation to the maintenance and development of services at this local facility or, if in the aftermath of his visit, he has come to any conclusions in relation to the future development of this long stay facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34363/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

The Deputy will be aware that my colleague the Minister for Health asked the HSE to carry out a viability review of all public long-term residential facilities for older people, focusing on a number of areas including the unit's ability to meet HIQA Standards in terms of environmental structures, staffing availability, location, stock etc. This review will then form the basis for discussions between the Department and HSE with a view to a final submission of a set of proposals to the Minister. St Vincent's in Athy will be included in this review.

In the meantime St Vincent's Hospital, Athy was registered by the Health Information and Quality Authority on 25 June 2012. The maximum number of persons that may be accommodated at St Vincent's is 125. St Vincent's Hospital, Athy will continue to play a vital role in the delivery of Health Services and care in the area of Athy and surrounding area.