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Death of former hospital boss in Sligo

A FORMER senior manager of public health services in Sligo has died.

Sheila Smith was ex General Manager of Sligo University Hospital, (then Sligo General Hospital)

She earlier held posts in personnel management with the North Western Health Board.

Key Innovation

Smith also served with the HSE after its set-up in the early part of this century.

A key innovation and success during Ms Smith's time as General Manager was the introduction of the Acute Assessment Unit, formally opened in March 2009.

Earlier, Smith as General Manager guided the re-introduction in 2008 of the 
pre-assessment for older patients facing orthopaedic procedures.

She also saw volunteers introduced into the services at Sligo University Hospital seven years ago. 

Caused Concern

Her roles in personnel management saw Smith in the frontline locally in several nursing disputes.

Most controversially, mammography services were removed from the Sligo hospital nearly a decade ago while Ms Smith was General Manager.

This happened despite public protests which drew thousands onto the street across the region and outside the Dáil. 

Smith later said in a newsletter sent to all staff that the ''transition'' of breast cancer to Galway had caused ''concern hospital-wide.'' See below

The decision had been pushed by the Cancer Control Programme at national level.

Link: The 2009 Sligo Hospital Management Structure

        Hospital Newsletter 2009