HSE highlights improvements at Kerry General Hospital during 2014

Kerry General Hospital The Health Service Executive has welcomed a number of infrastructural developments at Kerry General Hospital during the past year. During 2014, a new endoscopy unit as well as a new X-ray facility at the hospital’s emergency department were opened. There was also progress in relation to mental health facilities at the hospital. The HSE has used the year end to outline progress on a number of infrastructural and service improvements at Kerry General Hospital during 2014. The hospital’s new endoscopy unit opened in February and was fully accredited in May. Since July, colon cancer screening has been underway at the facility as part of the National Cancer Screening Service. Also during 2014, planning permission was obtained for a new Palliative Care Unit on the grounds of Kerry General. It is anticipated that construction on the new unit will begin in the coming months. A new X-ray unit has also been installed in the emergency department at the hospital in the past year while improvements were made to fire alarms and emergency lighting. In the mental health area, the HSE says the new Observation Mental Health Unit was also completed in 2014 at a cost of €2m.