Sacred Heart Hospital

  • Ambulance workers from the Psychiatric Nurses Association say they've been left with no choice but to go on strike.

    500 of them have begun a 24 hour walkout across the country as part of a dispute over union recognition.

    The workers will still deal with emergencies and the HSE says all calls are being responded to.

    Bertie Dowling is an advanced paramedic in Mayo and he told Midwest News that there has been no movement in this dispute.

    “It’s just about Union recognition, we just want our union to represent us,” said Mr Dowling.

    “They won’t even tell us the reasons why they won’t talk to us.”

  • The delay in progressing the multi-million euro development of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town is a matter of concern, according to local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy.

    Before the 2016 general election, plans were announced for a €10 million development of the Sacred Heart Hospital, including a replacement 50-bed unit, and the project was due for completion in 2021.

    However, Deputy Murphy claims little progress has been made since, and the most recent reply he received from the Health Minister indicates that the design process will begin next year, with construction getting underway in late 2020, and a completion date of 2022.

    Deputy Murphy says the plans for the facility are moving at a very slow pace....

  • The major overspend on the new National Children's Hospital has cast doubt over the future viability of a number of capital health projects in the Roscommon-Galway region.

    That's according to local Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy, who's concerned that commitments made in relation to the building of a 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon and a new unit at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe might be put on the back burner.

    The €17 million euro development at Portiuncla Hospital would see the construction of a new 50-bed unit, while the Sacred Heart Hospital project in Roscommon - which was announced before the 2016 general election - is not now scheduled for completion until 2022.

    Deputy Eugene Murphy has questioned Tanaiste Simon Coveney in relation to the overspend on the new Children's Hospital, and what that will mean for these capital projects in the West.

    Minister Coveney said it's the Government's intention that any project that has a financial commitment will be delivered, but it's about the scheduling of that delivery.

    Deputy Murphy says this response concerns him, as the commitments made to these major capital projects need to be honoured....

  • A Roscommon TD is accusing the Government of reneging on its commitment to a multi-million euro development at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town.

    Prior to the 2016 general election,  the €10 million project for a replacement 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital was announced, but three years on, work has not yet started on the development.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says he was told earlier this year that the design process would commence in 2019, and construction would get underway next year - however, he has now been informed that a design team has not yet been appointed.

    Deputy Murphy says the Government needs to clarify when it intends to deliver on the commitment made in relation to the facility....

  • There's no guarantee that money will be available next year to commence construction of the long-awaited new 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon.

    Prior to the 2016 general election, €9 million was announced for a replacement 50-bedroom unit for the facility in Roscommon Town, to bring it up to HIQA standards.

    However, work has not yet started on the development.

    The issue was raised again at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum in Galway, where Roscommon Independent Councillor Tony Ward asked HSE management for an update on the plans.

    He was informed that a design team would be appointed for the project before the end of this year, but he's concerned that there was no commitment given in relation to funding to begin the construction work in 2020.

  • The Minister for Community & Rural Development Michael Ring has officially opened the €13 million extension and refurbishment of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar this morning.

    Government funding was allocated for the project during Enda Kenny's term as Taoiseach, after HIQA insisted that the facility be extensively improved to meet the standards neccessary for community nursing home facilities.

    The Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar now offer 70 private bedrooms, as well as services including physiotherapy, rehab and day care.