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Concern over future of one remaining Longford palliative care bed

Sep 17, 2021 13:09 By Shannonside News
Concern over future of one remaining Longford palliative care bed Concern over future of one remaining Longford palliative care bed
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New plans suggest Longford families will need to travel to a new unit under development in Tullamore.

The Longford Hospice Committee is raising its concern over the prospect that the one palliative care bed in the county will be removed.

The bed is located at St Joseph's Care Centre in Longford town, but the group has received no assurances that it will be retained in the new development on the campus.

As Health Minister, Simon Harris had confirmed that the new development would include two palliative care beds, but the group says that despite efforts to engage with the HSE, and a presentation to local politicians, they are not assured that Longford people will have access to palliative care beds in the county.

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A new unit is being developed in Tullamore and while this is to include space for Longford families, Chair of Longford Hospice Committee Dan Rooney says it's simply too far for people to travel.

He says it's even possible that the single palliative care bed in St Joseph's will be removed:

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