Community health services like those at St Mary’s Health Campus in Gurranabraher will ‘transform healthcare, not just in Cork, but across the country’, enabling people to get the treatment they need closer to home .
That’s according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who visited campus this week to see two new integrated care services in action, part of a nationwide program of enhanced community care.
He also cut the ribbon on a €30m extension which added 60 beds to the Heather House nursing home.
The Taoiseach said it was “encouraging” to see important new services coming, to “continue the proud tradition of delivering quality healthcare services to the people of Cork from campus”.
Developed as part of the implementation of Sláintecare, the Enhanced Community Care program reduces people’s reliance on overburdened hospital services, giving them access to specialist consultant-led services in their own community.
A Chronic Disease Management Center is scheduled to open on campus later this month, which will provide specialized services for people with chronic respiratory, cardiac and endocrine conditions and/or multimorbidity.
A seniors’ hub has been operating since March, to help seniors stay safe and well in their homes for as long as possible and avoid or shorten hospital stays.
Kay Cronin, operations team leader at the Older Person’s Hub, said the facility allows them to provide people with “the right care, in the right place, at the right time and as close to home as possible”.
Working with both active services and local community groups, the center provides comprehensive end-to-end care for seniors.
“Since we opened, we have received 90 visits from elderly people, the majority of whom would have ended up in the acute system.
“Apart from the strain it puts on the system, it’s also about much more pleasant care for people,” Ms Cronin said.
Jack O’Donovan agrees, speaking to echo after his first visit to the new hub on Thursday. Mr O’Donovan lives in Ballyvolane.
He said the new service is “absolutely brilliant” because he hopes it will mean he will spend less time in emergency departments or on waiting lists, if he is unlucky enough to do so. a fall.
“I had a fall recently and waited at the Mercy for eight hours. And the week before, I was up there waiting with a drop foot…
“It’s very convenient instead of driving across town to CUH, and everyone is extremely nice,” he said.
Mr O’Donovan added that for any ills that cannot be solved by the St Mary’s team, a sea swim in Fountainstown at the weekend should do the trick.