St. Enda’s Unit at Dungarvan Community Hospital will re-open on October 22.
In accordance with clinical safety, sufficient numbers of nursing staff are required to ensure the Dungarvan Community Hospital can operate at full capacity. Consequently, St. Enda’s Unit closed in 2015 and the Sacred Heart Unit in May 2017. In a reconfiguration of beds, residents previously accommodated in those wards were moved internally within the hospital. The Sacred Heart Unit re-opened in September 2017.
In the meantime, Dungarvan Community Hospital continued to provide inpatient services, inclusive of long-stay, rehabilitation, respite, palliative care and dementia care in up to 92 beds. In addition, the adjacent Dunabbey House residential unit provides general nursing care for up to 28 residents.
In conjunction with the HSE’s ongoing staff recruitment campaign, management at Dungarvan Community Hospital worked with various agencies towards ensuring adequate staffing numbers were in place at the facility.
Confirming the good news that the point has been reached that Dungarvan Community Hospital has sufficient staff resources to resume full operative capacity, Director of Nursing Paula French said:
“We are very pleased to be able to announce the re-opening of St Enda’s Unit. The management team in Dungarvan Community Hospital have had to work extraordinarily hard to make good our commitment that we’d re-open the Sacred Heart and other beds at the hospital when we were in the position to do so.”
"I am delighted to say that St. Enda’s Unit will now be re-opening on 22nd October and that we will be able to provide inpatient services, inclusive of long-stay, rehabilitation, respite, palliative care and dementia care in up to 104 beds in Dungarvan Community Hospital.
“Dungarvan Community Hospital has an excellent reputation as a care facility. The welfare of residents/patients in the hospital is a priority for staff and management and we are deeply appreciative of the support the hospital receives from families of residents and the wider community in West Waterford," she added.