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New Surgical Day Unit Open In Nenagh Hospital

Nenagh Hospital

Nenagh Hospital Tipperary

A new Surgical Day Unit will be officially opened in Nenagh Hospital on Monday June 29th 2015 next. This new Surgical Day Unit has now been completed and is currently up and running.

Some €6.2 million has been spent on Nenagh hospital in recent years, under the Government’s Capital Works Programme. Current services available here for Tipperary and the Mid-West region now include Endoscopy, Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures, together with a range of Consultancy Specialists operating from the hospitals outpatient clinic.

Since re-development and restructuring of services the throughput of patients has now increased by an average of almost 40%.

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry, whose representations undoubtedly resulted in agreement to include Nenagh in the National Capital Programme with an investment of 6.5 million, has today welcomed the completion of this latest phase of development.

Recent visitors to the hospital have also welcomed recent new refurbishments.

Blood Donation Clinic Thurles

Please Give Blood

Please Give Blood

There will be four opportunities to donate blood next week, when the Irish Blood Donation Clinic visits Thurles, Co. Tipperary; attending at The Dome, Semple Stadium, in the town.

Opportunities to donate will begin with an afternoon clinic on Tuesday, June 23rd; operating from 2:00pm5:0pm

This clinic will also be available on Wednesday June 24th, Thursday June 25th and on Monday June 29th; opening on all latter 3 named dates from 6:00pm9:00pm each day.

For further details please check the IBDC website at www. giveblood.ie or contact them by Telephone on 061-306980.

Remember: Only 5% of the population are regular blood donors, while over 1,000 Irish people will receive transfusions every week nationally.  To provide this service over 3,000 blood donors are needed each week here in Ireland

There is no substitute for human blood, so where possible please help save a life by simply taking the time to donate.

Parents Register For Under Six Universal Free GP Care

HSEParents / Guardians of Tipperary children aged under six years may now register same for free GP care as and from today, with free GP care services being made available with effect from July 1st 2015.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) recommends that all parents or guardians who now wish to register their siblings should go directly to the registration systems page on the website gpvisitcard.ie.

We understand that this website is currently receiving huge volumes of traffic (Over 60 applications per minute) and has already crashed several times, however the HSE are assuring those attempting access that there is still plenty of time to register.

Lists of doctors who have signed up to providing this contract service are now also available here on this website. However the lowest number of GP’s agreeing to participate (just 8% or 4 doctors), appear to reside in South Tipperary.  Tipperary North/ East Limerick currently are signed up to 56% (22 doctors), none I hasten to add today, as yet display Thurles addresses. Parents therefore who cannot find their local GP’s name on this contract list are advised to contact their normal GP’s practice directly.

Free GP care for under-sixes is the first stage in a promised roll-out of Universal Free GP care, with those over 70 years expected to be included from possibly August 2015 next.

Homeless Man Located Dead In Nenagh

gardaInvestigations are taking place into the sudden death of a homeless man, discovered on a street bench on Fr.Kenyon Street, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, yesterday afternoon (June 11th, 2015).

The man, who as yet has not been named publicly, is believed to be in his early 60’s and originally from Drogheda, in Co Louth. It is understood the man had only made an appearance in the Nenagh area for the first time over recent weeks.

A post mortem into his death is being presently carried out and, following standard procedure, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have also been notified, because Gardaí had somewhat limited contact with the man, prior to his death. His death however is not being treated as in anyway suspicious at this early stage.

The dead man was originally spotted by passers-by; observed slumped across a bench on Fr.Kenyon Street, at around 6:30pm yesterday evening.

We understand that the man, who had already made himself somewhat popular in the area, had not presented himself to any known homeless service seeking assistance, within the north Tipperary area. Local people have expressed sadness at the man’s passing, in their midst.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Thurles Swimming Pool To Re-Open

Thurles Leisure Centre gym remained closed to the public today (Sunday 12th April) to allow for staff training in final preparations ahead of the re-opening of Thurles swimming pool tomorrow.

This magnificent leisure facility here in Thurles has been closed for 11 months after tiles had been identified as lifting from the base of the pool, during May of 2014.

DSC_0195Now it is all systems go for tomorrow morning with the pool fully refilled with water and the temperature brought up to correct levels,  [Between 77° to 82° F (25°-28°C)].

Tipperary Co. Councillor Seamus Hanafin, who has been most vocal in keeping local people up-to-date on this issue, has explained some of the reasons for the delays over the past 11 months.

“It was a case of ensuring that this project was undertaken to the highest possible standards using correct public procurement procedures. It was most important also that through these procedures, an engineer be identified with the necessary hands on knowledge and experience; thus ensuring that into the future there would be no further recurrence of previously identified structural problems and the inevitable waste of taxpayer funding,” stated Mr Hanafin.

“Once the correct tiles and adhesive had been identified and replaced, it was imperative that expansion joints be allowed to set, before water was slowly added; to give the tank time to properly expand as massive water pressure was increased.  A ‘back wash process’, latter which flushes water in the tank back through sand filters, had also to be undertaken to flush out all / any dirt which may have accumulated from previous filtration,” continued Councillor Hanafin.

The Councillor also stated that; “To further ensure a successful conclusion to previous issues the Co. Council had also re-commissioned both the filtration and chlorination systems, as part of this latest refurbishment.”

From tomorrow (Monday 13th April) the Thurles Leisure Centre will re open at 7.00am, as was previously usual for a Monday, with valued customers once more having full access to the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Spa Pool, hopefully long into the future.

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