NURS­ING HOME TRAUMA

OR­CHARD HOME TO BE CLOSED DOWN

Bray People - - Front Page - Mary FOG­A­RTY

DEV­AS­TATED res­i­dents and staff at the Or­chard Nurs­ing Home in Bray are in shock af­ter be­ing told it is to close within the month with the man­age­ment likely to bull­doze the build­ing which has been de­clared a fire risk.

Work­ers re­ceived the news from HSE of­fi­cials in a meet­ing at­tended by SIPTU af­ter a health safety as­sess­ment in­di­cated that res­i­dents and staff must be moved else­where.

‘Could it not be done up? A lot of the staff mem­bers are very up­set,’ said an em­ployee, ‘we are also very con­cerned about the pos­si­ble trauma to res­i­dents.’

Fam­ily mem­bers are cur­rently be­ing con­sulted by the HSE, which said it will pro­vide al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion for the res­i­dents.

‘Why was noth­ing done sooner to pre­vent this? Why did the con­di­tion of the build­ing get to this stage?’ asked Bray woman Sue Mee­han, whose grand­mother lives in The Or­chard.

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