Belmullet District Hospital

  • A Belmullet Staff Hospital Action Committee has been formed following a meeting of staff from Belmullet District Hospital and Aras Deirbhle yesterday.

    That was confirmed by local Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick, who chaired the meeting.

    Senator Swanick, who is also a local GP, was asked by the staff to chair the meeting as he is the Medical Officer at the hospital.

    He says that the overall feeling from the meeting is that the staff wanted to be in control of any direction of any campaign.

    The committee was then formed, comprised of 4 nursing staff members and 4 support staff members, 4 from Belmullet District Hospital and 4 from Aras Deirbhle.

    Senator Swanick told Midwest News that the committee is due to meet this afternoon and will issue a statement following that meeting.

  • An Erris Senator has responded to assurances given by Minister for Older People Jim Daly and Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring in relation to Belmullet District Hospital.

    Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly told the Dail yesterday evening that Belmullet District Hospital will not be downgraded under his watch.

    It came as concerns over the facility and Aras Deirbhle were raised by Fianna Fail Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary yesterday on a Topical Issue.

    Minister Daly said that there will be no downgrading of facilities for older people while he is in office and that includes Belmullet.

    However he said he cannot stand over staff being allocated to empty beds if that is proven to be the case.

    Minister Daly has also confirmed that he will visit the hospital at the end of this month, or in the very early days of July.

    The assurances from Minister Daly were welcomed this morning by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring. He says that it is a case of some people trying to make political gain out of a situation that is simply not happening.  

    However Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that the responses from Minister Daly and Minister Ring were not adequate and questions remain unanswered.

    She says she wants to know if there will be 20 beds in place at Belmullet District Hospital at the end of this process and also why GPs cannot make referrals to the hospital and further to that, why referrals cannot be made from the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital to Belmullet.

    Senator Conway-Walsh outlined her remaining concerns to Midwest News this lunchtime.

  • There is no intention at present to reduce the bed capacity at Belmullet District Hospital.

    That was confirmed today by the Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly to Midwest Radio News.

    The Minister visited the District hospital yesterday and outlined the same to staff and management there, and to the community members that had gathered in support of the facility.

    He said while the HSE had decided to temporarily reduce the number of beds in Belmullet from 20 to 15, due to budget overruns across the region, he has asked them to reconsider that decision, as he says he is convinced that there is demand for 20 beds at t Belmullet District hospital.

    He added that demand for step down hospital care is wider than the Erris region, and said that the 20 beds in Belmullet are sustainable, however, anyone being discharged from Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, from whatever part of the county that requires such care, will be offered it in Belmullet.  

    There was some controversy yesterday over the reaction of some government representatives to the protest in support of the hospital organised  by the local action committee in support of Belmullet District Hospital.

    Nonetheless, Minister Daly is clear that he recognises the need for 20 beds at the facility.

    On our lunchtime news today at 1pm – we will have two Oireachtas members that were in Belmullet yesterday  - Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring, and Senator Rose Conway Walsh.

     

     

  • A Mayo TD today raised concerns over Belmullet District Hospital and Aras Deirbhle on a topical issue in the Dail with Minister for Older People Jim Daly.

    Minister Daly assured Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary that there is no threat to the future of the facility and said while he is in office, he will not let the facility be downgraded.

    Deputy Calleary outlined the situation to Minister Daly, where concerns have arisen that changes to staffing may impact on the facilities.

    There seems to be a difference in the number of short stay beds that the HSE has told Minister Daly are being staffed – he has been informed 12 short stay beds are in operation at any time, while Deputy Calleary was told that there are 18 support acute discharge beds, with 2 additional short stay beds – so 20 in total.

    The Minister also confirmed he will be visiting the hospital but it will be later this month or the beginning of next month.

    Deputy Calleary told Minister Daly he was concerned at the discrepancy in the information regarding the number of short stay beds at Belmullet Hospital.

    Minister Daly told Deputy Calleary that he has requested the information on how many short stay beds are in Belmullet Hospital from Tony Canavan of the HSE.

  • Ahead of this afternoon’s visit by the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly to Belmullet District hospital, Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has said it is time for truth and transparency around the future of the facility.

    She told Midwest News today that a Community Action committee for the hospital’s future is asking people from Erris to gather on the route up to Belmullet District Hospital from 3.30pm this afternoon to greet the Minister, due at 4pm, and to demonstrate to him that there is a real need to protect and invest in the hospital. 

    The Senator claims two conflicting reports on the facility’s future have emerged recently.  Fine Gael politicians, she says, insist that Belmullet Hospital will not be downgraded, while the HSE are saying five out of the 20 surviving beds will be closed, contract staff will be redeployed and agency staff will be let go.  

  • Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly told the Dail yesterday evening that Belmullet District Hospital will not be downgraded under his watch.

    It came as concerns over the facility and Aras Deirbhle were raised by Fianna Fail Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary yesterday on a Topical Issue.

    Minister Daly said that there will be no downgrading of facilities for older people while he is in office and that includes Belmullet.

    However he said he cannot stand over staff being allocated to empty beds if that is proven to be the case.

    Minister Daly has also confirmed that he will visit the hospital at the end of this month, or in the very early days of July.

    He is also waiting on figures from Tony Canavan on how many short stay beds are in use at the facility at any one time – he says the HSE has told him 12, while figures given to Deputy Calleary and the media say 18 support acute short day beds and 2 additional short stay beds.

    The assurances from Minister Daly were welcomed this morning by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring. He says that it is a case of some people trying to make political gain out of a situation that is simply not happening.  

  • A Public meeting will take place tonight in the Talbot Hotel, Belmullet surrounding the future of Belmullet Community Hospital.

    A Public Meeting to oppose the cuts to Belmullet Hospital and Áras Deirbhle Nursing Home has been organised by Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh this evening at 8pm in the Talbot Hotel. 

    This meeting is in solidarity with patients, carers, staff, management and the most vulnerable in our community. 

  • A Belmullet Hospital Action Committee has been formed following a meeting of staff from Belmullet District Hospital and Aras Deirbhle yesterday.

    In a statement this evening the committee says it endeavours to maintain and improve current services at the two locations –20 beds in Belmullet Hospital – which include step down, short stay beds and palliative care and respite care and 30 beds in Aras Deirbhle, which are long stay beds.

    In the statement the staff say they are fully committed in the deliverance and maintenance of essential high quality patient care to the community for which we serve. They say they are currently collating information to establish the best way forward in achieving our goal and there the statement ends.