24.11.2021 Press Release On Proposed New Rehabilitation Hospital Cork City

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 PRESS RELEASE

Thursday 24th November

Patient Group Voices Concerns about Proposed New Rehabilitation Hospital for Cork

 

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI), the national umbrella representing neurological charities is reacting with concern to the news today that a new private neurorehabilitation hospital is planned for Cork docklands.

The 122,000 sq ft 130-bed rehabilitation hospital will provide rehab for patients with stroke and acquired brain injury, as well as general neurological rehabilitation and will represent the only hospital dedicated to rehabilitation outside of Dublin.

NAI has been campaigning for over a decade for the implementation of the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy which identified that Ireland needs over 280 specialist rehabilitation beds for its population.

The redevelopment of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire on a new site has maintained the same number of beds, 120, as the old hospital leaving Ireland with an ongoing serious shortage of rehabilitation beds. Waiting times for admissions to some programmes in the NRH are four to five months.

The Neurorehabilitation Strategy highlighted the need for specialist rehabilitation units around the county in order to take pressure off the NRH and prevent people from all around the country having to travel to Dublin for vital rehabilitation services.

More information on this development is critically needed according to Mags Rogers, Executive Director of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, speaking today "We have been highlighting the lack of neurorehabilitation services for people in the South of Ireland for over a decade since the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy was published in 2011. A three-year implementation plan for the Strategy (2019-2021) comes to an end this December with little or no progress and now this new development is announced. We have serious questions about where this fits in terms of the Neurorehabilitation Strategy and whether all patients who need to will have access to this hospital or just private patients. What plans are in place to provide long term community neurorehabilitation services locally for patients discharged from the hospital? Neurorehabilitation does not stop when the patient leaves the hospital: there is a need for access to community neurorehabilitation teams which we know are not in place locally".

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland is calling on both the Minister for Health and the Minister for Disability to provide more information on the proposal within the context of the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy.

About the Neurological Alliance of Ireland

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) brings together 30 non-profit organisations to advocate for the rights of 800,000 people in Ireland living with a neurological condition.

 

Neurological conditions affect the brain and spinal cord. They are the leading cause of disability throughout the world and include many common conditions such as stroke, dementia, migraine, epilepsy and acquired brain injury as well as rare and genetic conditions.

 

Founded in 2003, the NAI advocates for the development of quality services for people with neurological conditions. Our campaigns are rooted in the experience of our members and the people and families with whom they work. We provide a united and expert voice on neurological care through research, advocacy, policy development, and education.

 

Further information is available at www.nai.ie

All press queries to Mags Rogers, Neurological Alliance of Ireland 086 1216957

 
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