Cork East TD Seán Sherlock has welcomed the reopening of St Francis Welfare Home in Fermoy as ‘a transitional care facility’ for people who will be discharged from acute hospitals like CUH.

Deputy Sherlock also confirmed that 33 new beds will be ready and open by the end of this week, after making representations to the HSE.

“This reopening of the facility in Fermoy will hopefully help people who are living locally to be treated locally. It remains to be seen what the patient profile will be and it would be useful for the HSE to clarify that.

“Nonetheless, 33 beds are being provided in Fermoy and that is to be welcomed. I understand that additional capacity is being provided to Fermoy Community Hospital also but I continue to work with the HSE on this matter.”

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