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Issues surrounding pressure on services because of “an increase in cancer activity” were raised at the 12 February meeting of the Executive Board. The minutes of this meeting were seen by this newspaper following a Freedom of Information request.
A number of different proposals to improve capacity were discussed by management at the meeting. This included a proposal for a new extension and the expansion of the Dunmanway Day Unit.
Responding to questions, a spokesperson for the hospital informed the Medical Independent (MI) that an upgrade is now planned.
“It was agreed by the Executive Management Board to support the upgrade of the Dunmanway Day Unit to provide additional treatment beds for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment,” said the spokesperson.
“A business case is currently being developed to seek funding for this refurbishment.
The spokesperson continued: “In relation to the inpatient unit, it has been decided to transfer the current oncology and haematology beds to Ward GB following the transfer of respiratory beds from Ward GB to the newly refurbished Ward 5B.
“This move will facilitate all patients receiving cancer treatment to the same ward, which is better for patients.”