AN upgrade of the cardiology unit at University Hospital Kerry, which has been undertaken, will ensure safer environment for cardiac patients during the ongoing pandemic.
HSE’s Southern Regional Health Forum member, Cllr Mikey Sheehy, described it as “a great positive” at a time when the health service finds itself under so much pressure.
“This is a step in the right direction in terms of the HSE’s commitment to the service in Kerry and the reconfiguration will be of huge benefit to patients and staff,” he said.
The upgrade sees the unit move from its open plan location within the hospital to a custom space with individual consultation and scanning rooms. Essential assessments and procedures that need to be undertaken during the Covid-19 pandemic can be conducted in a much safer environment for both patients and staff.
“Cardiac care is an essential function that must be retained and further expanded in Kerry. The appointment last year of a full-time cardiologist was an overdue addition to the service and that has had a hugely positive impact,” Cllr Sheehy said.
“Today’s news is a further advancement of cardiac care in the county,” he added.
This news comes as staff in the hospital were administered the first batch of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday and all frontline staff will have an opportunity to receive the vaccine within the next week.
“This is the beginning of a large scale distribution programme nationally which, hopefully, marks the beginning of the end and, at last, some light at the end of the tunnel,” Cllr Sheehy stated.
“We all need to do our part and adhere to the guidelines to ensure we minimise the pressure on frontline staff over the coming weeks as the vaccine is rolled out to the most vulnerable and those who need it most with our community. These frontline UHK staff deserve this protection,” he said.
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