HSE dismisses claims that beds will close at St Joseph’s Hospital

first_imgThe HSE and relatives of hospital patients have hit back at claims that beds are to close at a popular community hospital.The claims were made in calls to local radio station Highland Radio last Friday.However, the HSE said there was no truth to the claims. Among the claims being made were that dementia care beds and long term beds are being closed down at St Joseph’s in Stranorlar.In a statement, HSE said: “The Chief Officer for the HSE in the North West has confirmed that short and long stay beds, and dementia care beds, in St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar, will be retained.“This information was confirmed to the St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group at a meeting on 22nd June 2017 and the SOS group at a meeting on the 12th July 2017.”Far from closing beds, said the HSE, they are planning a multi-million euro investment in Stranorlar Community Hospital to provide even better facilities for patients. The statement went on: “The HSE is proposing a capital investment of €3.5 million to upgrade the hospital and provide for improved facilities for patients.“The HSE confirms that there is no threat to services at the hospital.”Meanwhile a relative of a patient at the hospital has called for the St Joseph’s Action Group to close.“The claims made on radio last Friday caused huge anxiety in our family and we don’t know where the claims have come from considering the HSE has published its plans to upgrade the hospital and retain and enhance services,” said the relative.“There is far too much party politics around this issue. People must think before they speak and ask themselves ‘is what I am saying causing distress to patients and their relatives?’ and if that is the case they need to stop. “The Action Group does not represent me. It should stay silent or close.”HSE dismisses claims that beds will close at St Joseph’s Hospital was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bedsdonegalHSEST JOSEPHSlast_img read more

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NWS issues another dense fog advisory for PortlandVancouver area

first_imgDense fog blanketed the Portland-Vancouver area again on Tuesday morning, prompting an advisory from the National Weather Service.Things should start to clear up around 10 a.m., but visibility will be less than a quarter-mile in spots around Clark County until that time.The advisory also includes the communities of Battle Ground, Washougal, Ridgefield, Yacolt and Amboy.“Motorists should be prepared for abrupt changes in visibilities over short distances when traveling along the (Interstate 5) corridor between Kelso/Longview and Eugene including the Portland/Vancouver metro,” the advisory says.Drivers are asked to slow down and leave plenty of space between other vehicles on the road. Traffic maps showed no major crashes impeding the morning commute at 6:45 a.m. There was a minor crash on the Interstate 5 Bridge about an hour later, but it was cleared within 15 minutes, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.The forecast calls for a slight chance of rain Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., then a chance of showers in the evening. The weather service predicts a high temperature of 60 degrees, where the mercury should top out for the rest of the workweek, too.last_img read more

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