BY BRIAN MOORE
‘WE are so lucky to have Bantry Hospital. You don’t know how good it is until you need it.’
So read just one of the comments praising Bantry General Hospital (BGH) that has been posted on The Southern Star’s Facebook page following an article outlining the new professional practice model of ‘Careful Nursing,’ which was introduced at the West Cork hospital in recent months.
Indeed, all the readers who commented were unfailing in their praise for the hospital and staff who serve the community so well. ‘We are so fortunate to have such a great hospital with even greater staff,’ another reader posted.
The model of ‘Careful Nursing’ covers a full range of new comprehensive evidence-based nursing practices and allows for more time with the patient at the bedside.
Bantry’s Director of Nursing, Maureen Minihane, said: ‘All of us at BGH are delighted with the feedback which is all down to the incredible staff we have here. We work hard to ensure that our patients are given the highest quality of care at all times and we will continue to serve the community.’
Maureen outlined Bantry General Hospital’s plans to improve the medical services available in Bantry.
‘We are currently liaising with the Department of Health and HSE in relation to securing funding for the proposed development of an improved Endoscopy Unit and increased capacity to allow for the re-organisation of rehabilitation services internally.’
The cost of these developments are estimated to be in the order of €4m.