Clare Deputy and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. said that he was pleased to receive confirmation on a recent visit to St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis that the Cherry Ward (Rehabilitation Unit) has reopened.
Deputy Breen visited St Josephs on Monday when he met with Senior Management at the Hospital.
“I was very pleased to be informed that the Cherry Ward had reopened on Sunday. I had been advised previously by the HSE that it was never their intention to close this unit permanently. Additional pressure was placed on their staffing resources which necessitated the temporary closure of the unit. In the interim, the 14 patients who occupied the unit at the time were accommodated in other long stay units at the Hospital where they continued to receive their rehabilitation.
Now that the Cherry Unit has reopened I would like to pay tribute to the Staff and Management at St Joseph’s who facilitated the transfer and the additional workload during this time.
The Cherry Ward (Rehabilitation Unit) which is a consultant led 22 bed facility provides an excellent service for post-acute care, medical or surgical patients. The Unit has gained a very strong reputation for providing excellent care and as a result there is a very strong demand for access to the rehab beds there from patients throughout the County.
St Joseph’s Hospital is an integral part of our health and social care environment for our older people. We are very proud of the contribution that the Cherry Unit is making in this regard and I look forward to many more patients benefitting from the services being provided there going forward.”