More Kerry-based consultants needed says hospital roadmap

More Kerry-based consultants are needed according to a report presented to the Minister for Health. No Repro Fee …11-6-15 …Final report of the Non-Executive Advisory Board on the Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital Services in Cork and Kerry reaffirms the need for a new hospital in Cork and calls for a decision on its location .  The final report of the Non-Executive Advisory Board on the Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital Services in Cork and Kerry, presented this morning to the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, T.D. and Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, T.D., has outlined the progress made during its tenure and reaffirmed the need to complete all outstanding projects including a new hospital in Cork to serve the needs of patients in the region.   Pictured here at the presentation of the report is (l to r) Sean O’Driscoll, Advisory Board member and Chairman and CEO of Glen Dimplex, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, T.D., Michael O’Flynn, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Chairman and MD of O’Flynn Group, and Professor John Higgins, Director of Reconfiguration and Head of College of Medicine and Health, University College Cork.  For  further information contact: Nuala Buttner Q4 Public Relations Tel: 01 4751444 / 085 1744275 Pic Maxwell’s - No Repro Fee   11-6-15 The final report of the board behind the reconfiguration of hospital services for Kerry and Cork has made the finding. It also says the range of services at Kerry General Hospital needs to be increased through outreach services. This is the final report of the board appointed to examine the reconfiguration of acute hospital services in Cork and Kerry; the group’s first report was published five years ago. It says in the intervening years, services at Kerry General Hospital such as cardiology and ear, nose and throat have been strengthened by regional links to Cork hospitals. The report says the hospital’s links with the Institute of Technology, Tralee should be nurtured and that its proximity to the Bons Secours Hospital holds out the prospect of greater collaborative arrangements. It says a new hospital is needed in Cork to free up clinical space at Cork University Hospital and would improve access and parking for patients and staff. The report says over 11 million euro has been approved to develop a regional gastroenterology centre at Cork’s Mercy University Hospital. A regional laboratory service for Kerry and Cork hospitals is also being established

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