Minister says obstetrics theatre at Kerry General being considered

The Minister for Health says consideration is being given to the development of a dedicated obstetrics theatre at Kerry General Hospital. Kerry General Hospital Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that he visited Kerry General Hospital in recent times and was very impressed by its performance.He said that the hospital, like every other one, has its problems but said it is going well in so many ways. Kerry TD Brendan Griffin asked if a new dedicated obstetrics theatre would be developed because he said mothers who need surgery while in labour must use the regular theatre. He said that in that scenario, when a baby is in distress, those involved simply cannot afford to wait. Mr Varadkar said the requirement to have a second on-call theatre team would require ten additional nurses and four additional doctors. Even if that can be funded, there can often be difficulties in recruiting nurses, he added. The matter is being considered currently in the context of the HSE’s service plan.