Latest press release from Cllr Jennifer Whitmore, issued on Tuesday, February 4th 2020…
Social Democrats candidate for Wicklow Cllr Jennifer Whitmore has called for a Paediatric urgent care centre for Wicklow saying, “we need a health service for the children of Wicklow”.
Speaking on the issue, Whitmore says, “with the National Children’s Hospital currently being built at St. James’ in Dublin will be the new Accident and Emergency hospital for all children of Wicklow. At the moment children from Wicklow use Tallaght as their emergency access – however, once St. James opens, Tallaght will be downgraded to a daytime only unit – with six observational beds. It will not accept emergency cases or overnight stays. If a child seen in Tallaght requires emergency care they will be transferred to St. James’.
“I believe children shouldn’t have to travel to Dublin to receive appropriate medical care. Wicklow should have an urgent care centre for children that can deal with these non-emergency cases. This is particularly important given the rise in population and due to the size of the county. This would be in line with Slaintecare proposals which brings healthcare into the community and which the Social Democrats has been instrumental in bringing forward.
“I was also the only politician to lobby hard against plans for the new Children’s Hospital at the St. James’ site. I worked closely with the Connolly for Kids group because I knew the proposed site would restrict access to care for children in Wicklow. Unfortunately, I’ve been proven right.
“Now that the new hospital is being built it’s time to address access to Paediatric care in Wicklow by committing to an urgent care centre in Wicklow,” concludes Whitmore.