There remains no date available from HSE Management as to when the Day Care Services at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar will be fully re-opened.

Remedial works have been underway at the facility for some months now, post covid, to ensure the facilities comply with stricter infection control measures.

Before the pandemic, in 2019, the Day Care Service at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar provided a service 5 days a week, with up to 30 clients attending daily.

At present, post - pandemic, that service has been reduced to a three day a week service, accommodating up to 10 clients per day.

The issue of the full restoration of the service has been raised by councillors on the HSE West Forum to HSE management for months now.

The Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne submitted written questions on the facility to management at the last HSE West Forum Meeting, and has today been issued with an additional updated response.

HSE Management are now indicating that the remedial works look set to be completed early 2023, January next, however, all it says in terms of restoring the service to pre pandemic level is they will do so “at the earliest opportunity”.

But then go on to cite staffing issues at the hospital.

Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the continuing lack of detail from HSE Management as to when full service will resume for clients at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar…



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