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« on: October 10, 2005, 02:22:10 PM »
The Westmeath Independent of 8 October 2005 report that members of Athlone Town Council are scheduled to meet Mary Harney on 7 November. The councillors are anxious to quiz the Tanáiste about the provision of health services in Athlone. Importantly, the councillors will also be raising the issue of Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, and making clear their opposition to any attempt to downgrade the hospital. They will also be questioning the lack of capital funding for Portiuncula, this year.

Has Ballinasloe Town Council met Harney on a similar, face-to-face basis?
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2005, 02:28:56 PM »
Portiuncula considered "fair" in terms of hygiene conditions

In the first ever national Hygiene Audit of Acute Hospitals, published today by the National Hospitals Office (NHO) of the Health Service Executive (HSE) on 3 November 2005, Portiuncula Hospital came in joint 12th position.

The audit was conducted over the months of July and August 2005 and visits by the auditors were random and unannounced.

The ratings were: Good – 85% and above, Fair – 76% to 84% and Poor – 75% and below.

Portiuncula Hospital had an 80% rating, slightly behind University College Hospital, Galway and Merlin Park Hospital, Galway (both with a score of 85%) but well ahead of Sligo General and Mayo General hospitals (68% each), and Roscommon County Hospital (65%)

Portiuncula - some details
- ranked 5th in the "Medium hospitals (101 to 300 beds), category
- ranked 2nd in the overall condition of the hospital environment

Exact details of Portiuncula's perfomance can be viewed on page 53 on

http://www.hse.ie/en/Publications/NationalHygieneAudit/FiletoUpload,2617,en.pdf
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Re: Portiuncula Hospital
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2005, 11:34:44 AM »
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The Westmeath Independent of 8 October 2005 report that members of Athlone Town Council are scheduled to meet Mary Harney on 7 November. The councillors are anxious to quiz the Tanáiste about the provision of health services in Athlone. Importantly, the councillors will also be raising the issue of Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, and making clear their opposition to any attempt to downgrade the hospital. They will also be questioning the lack of capital funding for Portiuncula, this year.


This meeting took place on 7 November. According to the Westmeath Independent (12 November), one of the members of the deputation, Cllr Moran, said that the deputation had been given strong assurances as to the retention of services at Portiuncula Hospital.

Independent Cllr Austin Berry said he was satisfied with the assurances from the Tánaiste in relation to the future of Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. He said he had raised the issue of any possible downgrading of Portiuncula and stressed that it would be a disaster for Athlone and the surrounding area. She gave us an assurance that Ballinasloe would not be downgraded, Cllr Berry said.

Cllr McFadden also said the Tαnaiste had stressed that any vacant consultant posts would be filled, that the oncology service would be retained, when a similar service is opened in Tullamore.

However, both he and Cllr McFadden said the Tαnaiste appeared taken by surprise by questions from the Fine Gael councillor on the lack of facilities for parents in the Special Care Baby Unit in Ballinasloe.

Cllr McFadden said she also raised the issue of sanitary and toilet facilities throughout the hospital and the need for proper facilities for parents at the children's cancer ward. Coincidentally, the Tánaiste is expected to visit Portiuncula Hospital on Wednesday (today).
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2006, 09:06:25 AM »
Portiuncula's score in hygiene audit increases

In the Second National Hygiene Audit of Acute Hospitals, published on June 13th by the National Hospitals Office (NHO) of the Health Service Executive (HSE), Portiuncula Hospital got on overall rating of 82% (up from 80%, putting it in the "fair category".

While Portiuncula has improved, its overall rating is down owing to the massive improvements made by other hospitals since the first report.

Performance summary
* Good - safe handling & disposal of sharps
* Good - management of patient equipment
* Fair - environment
* Fair - handling and disposal of linen
* Poor - ward/department kitchens
* Poor - waste disposal

The ratings were: Good – 85% and above, Fair – 76% to 84%, and Poor – 75% and below.

Exact details of Portiuncula's performance can be viewed on page 89 in the report. (requires Adobe Acrobat)
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