Calls for kidney dialysis centre in Clare

Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis

SEVERAL elected members of Clare County Council have urged the HSE and the Department of Health to provide a kidney dialysis centre at Ennis General Hospital.

The calls were made by local councillors, Pat Daly (FF), Pat McMahon (FF) and James Breen (IND), who raised their concerns over the lack of health services available to the people of County Clare.

Making reference to a member of public in his constituency, Cllr Daly said that patients are forced to make round trips from Clare to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) and UCH Galway for kidney dialysis, appointments that often last several hours.

“You’d be over and back to New York in less time,” said Cllr Daly as he expressed his frustration over the lack of such facilities at the Ennis-based hospital.

“We are hearing about Limerick [UHL] being bombarded all of the time but here we have a facility [Ennis General Hospital] right on our doorstep,” he added.

Kilnamona-based councillor, James Breen expressed an issue with the practice of transporting patients from rural parts of Clare to the region’s main hospital by taxi for kidney dialysis treatment, and claimed that such costs could be used to invest in the health service in the county.

Member of the West Regional Health Forum, Councillor Tom McNamara (FF) backed the motion and said that the lack of such facilities in the county is “another example of how the people of Clare are at a disadvantage”.

Cllr McNamara said he will raise the issue with Minister for Health Simon Harris (FG) when the four Clare representatives on the Regional Health Forum meet with him on Thursday, March 7 in Dublin.

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