Urgent need for respite beds in east Galway


The urgent need for additional respite care beds in county Galway was highlighted this week by local TD Paul Connaughton.
‘In recent weeks, I have been contacted by a number of families who are very concerned over the lack of available respite care beds, particularly in the town of Tuam. I have been informed of cases where people from north Galway were told that the only available respite care beds are in Clifden, which is over 45 miles away.
‘Action is needed on a number of fronts. The HSE needs to work with private operators to identify available respite beds across the region and they must also examine the fact that they have a health campus in Tuam which is currently lying idle. Progress on a primary care centre for the town of Tuam is also needed to alleviate current bottlenecks in the provision of public health care. It is galling for people to be sent to the far side of the county for care when they see a health facility in the town of Tuam lying idle.
‘The lack available respite care beds in the Tuam area is putting great pressure on families trying to care for elderly relatives. Often the respite required is only short term, for example following a hip operation, but the lack of available beds is putting undue pressure on families.
‘This is an issue that I will be taking up with the Minister for Health at the earliest opportunity.