It's Terminal for Nenagh and Ennis Intensive Care
Byline: Gordon Deegan
THE HSE is to press ahead with plans to close the intensive care units at Ennis and Nenagh General Hospitals, forcing patients to travel for care.
The health authority's chief for acute hospitals in the Mid-West, John Hennessy, yesterday confirmed the plan will become a reality, despite protests from communities in Clare and Tipperary.
Mr Hennessy also confirmed that as part of the HSE's reconfiguration of hospital services in the Midwest, the executive is to commence the transfer of certain parts of acute medicine from Ennis and Nenagh General hospitals to Limerick Regional Hospital next year.
Limerick Regional Hospital is an 80km round trip for patients from Ennis and Nenagh.
Mr Hennessy denied that the transfer of services to Limerick Regional represents a further downgrading of services at the hospitals, which this year have already lost their 24-hour A&E and acute surgery capabilities. …