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Midlands Hospital's Paediatric Diabetes Service At Risk Of Closure Once Again

The clinic shut in 2021 due to a lack of staffing and resources.

Paediatric diabetes services at a midlands hospital are at risk of closure, due to a lack of staff and resources.

Professor Michael O'Grady, Consultant Paediatrician, says the clinic at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar is once again without nursing support, similar to an issue which arose in 2021.

In a letter to parents, Professor O'Grady says the Advanced Nurse Practicioner has been doing the workload of 2.6 people on her own.

Her workload has increase due to the absence of a colleague, with a replacement advertised and interviewed, but never released into the role.

He also says they've contacted senior management within the hospital, and received no response.

A similar letter was sent to parents in February 2021, informing them of the immediate closure of the clinic due to a lack of resources.

There are currently 145 children and adolescents attending services at Mullingar Hospital.

Professor O'Grady says the clinic is once again facing a crisis, and unless things change, services will have to close permanently.


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