UHK says it hopes to fill a number of vacant consultant positions early next year.
At the recent Regional Health Forum, Fianna Fáil councillor John Joe Culloty asked for an update on the hospital’s replacement of a histopathologist, cardiologist, respiratory physician and geriatric consultant.
The South/South-West Hospital Group, which includes University Hospital Kerry, has received approval for an additional cardiologist and are finalising the case for a second shared post between UHK and Cork University Hospital.
It’s hoped to advertise the positions in early 2019.
The hospital group will also make recommendations regarding the future recruitment of a consultant histopathologist in UHK; a histopathologist examines tissues removed from patients for diagnostic reasons.
The consultant geriatrician post is to be re-advertised in the coming weeks with a wider international spread.
In the meantime, UHK is looking at progressing additional consultant geriatric positions.