Lisdarne Nursing Home at Cavan hospital

HSE Response

The HSE has made no decision to close Lisdarn Unit for the Elderly or
any unit for older persons. We wish to clearly state that no patients
have been removed from Lisdarn Unit for the Elderly as a step towards
closure of this unit.

The HSE are currently engaged in an overall assessment of Services for
Older Persons Long Stay Residential Care including infrastructure,
need, reconfiguration potential in the long term strategic planning of
the service. Part of this process includes consideration of the
number of beds and type of long term care provision required. We are
committed to establishing the environmental improvements required to
ensure we meet the HIQA standards across all units in the Cavan and
Monaghan Area including Lisdarn Unit for the Elderly.
As part of this an option appraisal of all services for older persons
for 2012 is underway which is not yet complete. It is clear that in
the light of national financial constraints and HIQA regulations, some
closures and or bed reductions will occur in Cavan and Monaghan but
this will be kept to a minimum.
When a decision is made in relation to future residential service
provision throughout the Cavan and Monaghan area, an intensive
communication process with affected service users, the public, staff
and unions will be put in place prior to moving ahead with any
identified changes.