Ken­mare CNU to open 8 beds af­ter re­cruit­ment drive


The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

CORK Kerry Com­mu­nity Health­care has con­firmed that it plans to open an ad­di­tional eight beds at the Com­mu­nity Nurs­ing Unit in Ken­mare, in a move that has been wel­comed by the Ir­ish Nurses and Mid­wives Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INMO).

A spokesper­son for Cork Kerry Com­mu­nity Health­care told The Ker­ry­man this week that it has pro­ceeded im­me­di­ately to what it said will be an ex­ten­sive re­cruit­ment cam­paign, in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the open­ing of the ad­di­tional eight beds. An ad­di­tional four staff nurses and three health care as­sis­tants are to be ap­pointed.

The news fol­lows lengthy en­gage­ments be­tween Cork Kerry Com­mu­nity Health­care and the INMO since 2015, and ac­cep­tance by the INMO of man­age­ment pro­pos­als for staffing the unit. The 40-bed Ken­mare Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal opened in 2013.

The HSE spokesper­son added that it is keen to open the beds as soon as pos­si­ble. The cur­rently un­oc­cu­pied, fully-fur­nished rooms at the unit are ready to be oc­cu­pied, and all beds have been in­spected by and reg­is­tered with HIQA. The HSE state­ment added that SIPTU have ac­cepted the pro­posed ros­ters for Health Care As­sis­tants.

The beds will open on a phased ba­sis and will be de­pen­dent on a suc­cess­ful re­cruit­ment cam­paign. Cork Kerry Com­mu­nity Health­care has placed ad­ver­tise­ments in lo­cal print and ra­dio out­lets and has an on­go­ing cam­paign run­ning on­line with

“INMO mem­bers are sat­is­fied that their long stand­ing dis­pute re­gard­ing ap­pro­pri­ate nurse staffing lev­els to care of an ad­di­tional eight long-stay pa­tients has been con­cluded,” an INMO spokesper­son told The Ker­ry­man in re­cent days.

“We look for­ward to the re­cruit­ment of the ad­di­tional nurses re­quired, which will then fa­cil­i­tate to open­ing of these ad­di­tional eight beds in Roughty house at Ken­mare Com­mu­nity Nurs­ing Unit.”

The INMO has pre­vi­ously warned, how­ever, that a short­age of nurses both lo­cally and na­tion­ally can be a chal­lenge to re­cruit­ment cam­paigns.

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