St Patrick’s hospital

A Chara,

The rehab unit of St Patrick’s Hospital has been without a speech therapist since early April, when the hospital’s speech therapist left. She has yet to be replaced.

As it stands, a patient at St Patrick’s hospital requiring speech therapy (E.g. a stroke victim) does not have a speech therapist on hand.

While technically, there are two speech therapists at Waterford Regional Hospital available to St Patrick’s Hospital both of them have enormous caseloads and so patients cannot freely avail of speech therapy in St Patrick’s as they are considered an outpatient at WRH.

Speech therapy is an integral part of the recovery process after a stroke and not having a speech therapist on site at St Patrick’s is seriously impeding the work of the wonderful staff at the hospital, not to mention the disastrous effect it could have on patients who urgently need this service to give them hope of making a recovery.

While I understand that the HSE are finalising the appointment of a Senior Speech and Language Therapist for St Patrick’s Hospital it is vital that this process is fast tracked as any further delay with the appointment is seriously impeding the recovery of patients.

Is mise le meas

Cllr Seán Reinhardt

Cllr Sean Reinhardt is a member of Waterford City Council representing the Ward 3 area.

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