I am hugely pleased with the positive performance of Nenagh General Hospital, as lauded in the most recent Healthstat report, published earlier this week. Healthstat is a branch of the HSE that aims to provide up to date information on the performance standards of Irish hospitals. Their most recent report examines hospitals across the country, including Tipperary Hospitals.
Nenagh General Hospital was given a green light, the highest mark, for the three key areas of access, integration and resources.
These positive results secured by Nenagh General Hospital in the latest Healthstat report are a tribute to the staff and management of the hospital and serve as proof that the substantial investment package that was secured for the hospital was hugely successful and is continuing to pay dividends. During the period of the last Government I secured in excess of €4 million in funding for Nenagh General Hospital this was a key investment package that was aimed at modernising, specialising and focusing hospital resources. This investment included over €2 million for a state of the art endoscopy suite, a new sterile services department and two new lifts. All of these facilities have become fully operational with huge success. Indeed these new facilities have served to greatly increase the throughput of the hospital. In the past year alone the patient footfall through the hospital has increased by 40%. The on-going development of new surgical suites on site will continue to advance and improve services in the hospital.
The benefits of this investment package are now being reaped by the Hospital and the community. This funding was essential to upgrade the services available in Nenagh General Hospital and served to bring the hospital up to the most modern and advanced standards. By investing in the hospital its security into the future has now been cemented.
I would like to commend the management and staff of the hospital for their hard work and determination. The efficient management and operating of these new facilities is an essential factor in their success and is a tribute to their professionalism.