A carer is calling for a direct response from the HSE as to why there is no longer respite care being provided at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar.

Castlebar resident Kevin Guthrie says his wife Kathleen has over eight years been securing two weeks respite care in St Joseph’s ward in the Sacred Heart Hospital in the county town. He says Kathleen was always happy in the facility and he would visit her up to three times a day even when she was in respite. The service was paused during the pandemic, but now months after Covid restrictions have been lifted, the respite facility remains closed.

Kathleen is now being offered respite at Ballina District Hospital. Her husband says, no reflection on the service in Ballina, but it’s not a reasonable alternative, as it is the best part of an hour each way to travel to Ballina to see her.

Mayo councillors on the HSE West Forum are continuously raising questions with the HSE West Management as to when the Castlebar respite services will be restored, but to date they have received no definitive date for its resumption.

Independent councillor, Castlebar Cathaoirleach Michael Kilcoyne has the issue down for discussion again at tomorrow’s HSE forum meeting in Merlin Park.

Kevin has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the value of the respite service for his wife in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar and the urgent need to have the service restored…