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Carndonagh Hospital is looking for volunteers to ‘actively contribute’ to the quality of care for patients there.

Meanwhile in a separate development, following a meeting on Friday between the Carndonagh Hospital Liaison Group and the Director of Nursing in Carndonagh, it was announced that five (5) beds were to reopen as of Monday 21st October.

Speaking yesterday Liaison Group spokesperson, Joe Hegarty said while they welcomed this move they still had concerns.

He explained: “The bed situation in Carndonagh today stands at 24 in the main hospital and 14 in the Alzheimer’s Unit, giving a total of 38 beds.

“As of Monday 21st October, the position will be 29 in the main hospital with 14 in the Alzheimer’s Unit, giving a total of 43.

“While naturally delighted at the reopening of 5 beds, we are concerned at the fact that this number (43) was 3 beds less that the total of 46 beds currently covered by the HIQA registration. “

Eamon Glackin, the Director of Nursing, was unable to give any indication as to the future of these 3 beds other than to confirm that the HSE Estates Department was currently assessing the hospital in terms of compliance with the HIQA requirements as to available space per bed.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included:Increased use of the X-Ray facilities in Carndonagh; Ways to assist the services provided in the Day Hospital; Provision of a licensed Stand Alone Embalming Facility

And Mr Hegarty said Volunteerism was identified as a way in which the community could actively contribute to the quality of care provided in the hospital.

“In that regard we ask anyone who feels that they have a talent for music, painting, reflexology and other social activities, with some spare time once a month or so, to contact any member of the Liaison Group. Names can also be left at the hospital.

Initially it is planned to develop the provision of a musical schedule.

The next meeting between the Director of Nursing and the Liaison Group is scheduled for 22nd November and there will be a full meeting of the Group before then.