Monday 17 June 2019

Hospital road in need of upgrade

David Looby

The last job Cllr Larry O'Brien did as a public representative was to appeal for the road to New Ross Community Hospital and CareDoc to be improved, branding it 'disgraceful'.

Speaking at his final New Ross municipal district meeting, Cllr O'Brien said: 'I have a problem and I would like a bit of help from this council. This affects everyone in this chamber. It has to do with the hospital road to our community hospital and the hospital beside it. It's absolutely disgraceful and has been over the last eight to ten years.'

Cllr O'Brien said he has written to the HSE, but got no reply. He said wheelchair users, the elderly and CareDoc patients, in particular, are affected. 'For this town and the people who are requiring the ambulance service it is vital the road is improved. How an ambulance can get up that road with the holes in it I don't know. I was involved in a case with the health centre when a lady who fell, they came out with a wheelbarrow after and stuck some tar on it and went off. This has to be done so (hospital) residents can go for a walk and not fall into a hole. It's nothing to do with us or this council but I feel strongly about it.'

Cathaoirleach Cllr John Fleming said: 'I was only up there last week and I agree.'

District director and director of services for roads with Wexford County Council Eamonn Hore said: 'We will do that.'

Cllr Michael Sheehan said it should be stressed to the HSE that the works should not be delayed until a new health care centre - planned for New Ross - is built.

New Ross Standard