Consultant leaving Kerry General delays opening of stroke unit

A planned stroke unit for Kerry General Hospital has not yet opened as the consultant selected to led the facility has left the hospital. Kerry General Hospital Calls for a dedicated unit for such patients have been ongoing for years. In May 2013 the Health Service Executive confirmed that Kerry General Hospital’s dedicated stroke unit would open by the end of that year. The planned facility was due to provide four beds for the management and care of stroke victims in accordance with the national clinical programme. However, the unit is yet to open. The HSE has now told Radio Kerry News that Kerry General is currently in the process of working through a plan that would see a Stroke Unit established this year by reconfiguring the Department of Medicine. The stroke unit has not opened to date as the Consultant Geriatrician with a special interest in stroke who was to be the clinical lead for the unit left Kerry to take up a post in University Hospital Limerick. The use of telemedicine in the treatment of Stroke presentations in the Emergency Department of Kerry General Hospital is about to be initiated. The final ICT issues are currently being addressed and it’s hoped that in the first quarter of this year the telemedicine unit will be up and running.