Health minister visits care hub at Cork city hospital

The hub is one of two such hubs for older people in Cork and is part of the national Enhanced Community Care (ECC) programme.
Health minister visits care hub at Cork city hospital

Pictured is 89-year-old Patrick Corcoran from the Lough who spoke with the minister. Patrick is one of the people using the service. Pic: Brian Lougheed

THE Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly met with people attending the new Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Integrated Care Hub for older people at St Finbarr’s Health Campus in recent days.

The hub is one of two such hubs for older people in Cork and is part of the national Enhanced Community Care (ECC) programme.

Developed as part of implementing Sláintecare, the ECC programme aims to reduce pressure on services and dependence on the hospital-centric model of care through enhanced and increased community services.

The services at the St Finbarr’s hub in Cork city helps people aged 65 and over to stay safe and well in their own homes for as long as possible. This hub is home to both physical clinics and an outreach team, which is coordinated from the hub.

The services at the St Finbarr’s hub help older people (aged 65 and over) to stay safe and well in their own homes for as long as possible, and Minister Donnelly met older people attending the hub this morning for assessment. Pic: Brian Lougheed
The services at the St Finbarr’s hub help older people (aged 65 and over) to stay safe and well in their own homes for as long as possible, and Minister Donnelly met older people attending the hub this morning for assessment. Pic: Brian Lougheed

It provides services to older people with complex needs and frailty and gives them access to specialist multidisciplinary assessments for older people.

Minister Donnelly said:“The new model of care allows the specialist multidisciplinary team to engage and interact with services at community healthcare network level, supporting people in their diagnosis and ongoing care.”

Michael Fitzgerald, Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said the hubs provide ‘high quality’ care.

“This hub, and other similar teams already in operation around Cork, allow us to provide high-quality care to older people as close as possible to home. It can give fast access to specialist services in the community for older people.

“I want to thank the staff who have worked to get this team up and running, and who are already making a difference in the lives of thousands of older people in Cork.

Pictured with the Minister is 82-year-old Sally Clarke, from Wilton, Cork. Sally is one of the people using the services.Pic: Brian Lougheed
Pictured with the Minister is 82-year-old Sally Clarke, from Wilton, Cork. Sally is one of the people using the services.Pic: Brian Lougheed

“The entire programme depends on collaboration between many parts of the health service, and the co-operation between HSE staff, GPs and others is clearly paying dividends here,” he added.

The service will see approximately 2,500 patients each year, with 200 new patients taken on each month.

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