Thursday, September 24, 2020

A Mayo county councillor has slammed the HSE’s communication skills following the appearance of military-style tents outside Mayo University Hospital yesterday, Wednesday, September 23.

The HSE advised the Western People that a temporary testing facility has been set up at the county clinic in Castlebar utilising tents.

The temporary facility will be in use from today, Thursday, September 24 through to Sunday, September 27 due to the unavailability of McHale Park in Castlebar as a Covid-19 testing drive thru facility during that period.

The HSE will revert to McHale Park again on Monday, September 28.

Local Cllr Michael Kilcoyne has expressed surprise at the development.

He told the Western People that he had raised a query in relation to Covid-19 testing at Tuesday’s meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum West and no mention was made in the reply of the plan to erect the testing tents at the hospital.

Noting that the plans must surely have had to have been rolled out several days in advance in order to secure the testing tents, Cllr Kilcoyne said he was very surprised that the matter was not communicated to the attendance at Tuesday’s health forum meeting:

“They are very economical about telling people what is happening particularly when I had tabled a question about testing,” he remarked. “I am concerned about that.”

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