There is still no definitive date for the re-opening of Day Care Services for the elderly and others, at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar. The popular service was closed at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

€30 million was invested in the Sacred Heart Hospital in 2019 for a major extension and refurbishment, yet the HSE say there is no suitable location now available at the site to restore the Day Care Services

Last year HSE management, in response to questioning on when the service would be restored, said they expected the Day Care services at the Castlebar facility to be up and running again in the first quarter of this year (2022), and that date has now past.

At this week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Galway the issue was raised again by Fianna Fail councillor in Castlebar, Blackie Gavin, who asked the direct question as to when the day hospital will be open again.

In response the councillor was told that the former facility at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar for Day Care Services is considered to be “unsuitable due to heating and plumbing concerns”.

The HSE had considered alternative locations in the county town, but the spaces that it had been considering are now not available.

However, they say that an alternative space on the Sacred Heart Hospital campus is being pursued but failed to provide a specific date for the restoration of the service.

Cllr Gavin told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the Day Care Service at the hospital was a life line for many people and he is demanding the re-opening of the service now.