Wednesday 22 May 2019

Concern over delay in building new dialysis unit at SUH

Donal Gilroy
Donal Gilroy

A Local Election candidate and campaigner for the Kidney Dialysis unit at Sligo University Hospital says its pre-fab building is breaching planning regulations.

Donal Gilroy, who is also Joint Chair of the Sligo Branch of Diabetes Ireland has lodged an objection to the use of the pre-fab buildings at the hospital for dialysis.

"These Units are not only unsafe but also in breach of planning regulations," he claimed.

Indicative approval of funding has been received for a new diabetes unit at the hospital but management await the Capital Budget 2019 before work can commence.

"During the recent Nurses dispute it was brought to my attention that a lorry servicing the new mental health unit site at the hospital slid into the pre-fab while a child was in attendance with a paediatric diabetes nurse.

"The nurse was frightened, and the child traumatised by the experience.

"By raising the planning objection I hope to force the powers that be in the HSE to build the new diabetes day centre which is long overdue"

"The new diabetes unit was first announced in 2014 and received Planning Permission in 2016.

"Tenders were sought in 2017 and received over a year ago. The tender prices received in 2018 will now have to be reviewed and will again result in increased costs."

"This project was again announced as part of the Ireland 2040 Plan but although it is shovel ready since before the 2040 announcement it is still not started.

"All Local TDs have lobbied for the new unit and everything is in place except the Capital Funds.

"It is a shame that the HSE Capital Budget has still not been announced when one third of the year has already passed.

"The patients that need these services suffer from chronic Life long conditions and deserve better than a box on the side of a road between an Oil tank and a boiler house with no safe access, no footpaths and no toilet facilities."

Sligo Champion