Concerns over future of physio and occupational therapy services at St Joseph’s Community Hospital

There’s serious concern over the provision of physiotherapy and occupational therapy at St Joseph’s Community Hospital, Stranorlar.

It’s emerged that physio and OT services at the hospital are being suspended to facilitate fire regulation and other primary care services upgrade works.

Patients instead will have to travel to other facilities in the county.

Councillor Patrick McGowan says he has been attempting to seek clarity from the HSE without success.

He says the lack of communication on the provision of services at the community hospital is a disgrace:


HSE Response:

Following a recent HIQA inspection in St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar and an identified need for essential fire upgrade works to be undertaken, Primary Care Physiotherapy will relocate to alternative accommodation with immediate effect.

From Monday, 26th February 2024, Primary Care Physiotherapy Services will be delivered from:

•Donegal Town Community Hospital (for patients residing in Altapaste, Cloghan, Cappry, Goland, Knock & Stranorlar ED areas)

•Lifford Community Hospital (for patients residing in Convoy, Gleneely, Killygordon and Drumkeen ED areas)

From Tuesday 27th February 2024, please contact 074 974 0623 to speak to a Physiotherapist.

Occupational Therapy Services are a home based service and will not be affected by this move.

The services are communicating with affected service users advising on which centre to attend for appointment and notifying all other stakeholders of the relocation.

Work is ongoing to secure suitable appropriate accommodation in the Finn Valley area to enable services to be restored as soon as possible.