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|Title: ||North Western Health Board annual report 1980 submitted to the member of the Board at the annual general meeting 20th July 1981|
|Publisher: ||North Western Health Board (NWHB)|
|Issue Date: ||20-Jul-1981 |
|Description: ||The year 1980 has been one of continued Improvement of the health
services In the North West, and despite the tight financial limits we have made
progress on many fronts.
The hospital services are still dominated by the overcrowding and lack
of space and facilities at both our major general hospitals, but the situation Is
not without hope.
The new extension at Letterkenny, soon to be opened, will serve the
northern part of the region into the next century; and the committment of
funds to the completion of planning and the beginning of building at Sligo will
mean an early start to the extension there.
On the psychiatric front I would like to see more developments taking
place in community psychiatry, but progress has been made In that area
during the year, also In the continued up-grading of the psychiatric hospitals.
I was pleased at the fact that the Minister for Health visited both our
psychiatric hospitals during the year and saw at first hand both our
achievements and our outstanding problems.
The new orthopaedic unit at Sligo Is almost complete, and the
development of the service there will bring much relief to those many patients
on our waiting list; the waiting time for this service here is at present the
longest in the country. The setting up of an acute rehabilitation service in
Manorhamilton can then proceed, giving the first permanent locally based
consultant service to that hospital.
The inauguration of a new radio system for the ambulance service
during the year has resulted In a much more comprehensive coverage
throughout the Board's region.
A significant milestone was reached in December with the admission of
the first patients to the Community Nursing Unit at Falcarragh, marking a new
era for the care of the aged in County Donegal. The opening of Ramelton is
not far away and work Is proceeding on the building of the Buncrana Unit.
But more than anything else I wished that my year as Chairman of this
Board would mark an increase in awareness of the special needs of the
handicapped, and even more so, of their potential contribution to the life of
the community. I am proud of what this Board has done and Is doing for the
disabled, with its comprehensive programme of centres, workshops and
facilities. My own contribution has hopefully added a personal touch to these
|Keywords: ||NORTH WESTERN HEALTH BOARD|
|Appears in Collections: ||NWHB Publications|
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