Press Release

Minister Hoctor officially opens the Ability Matters Clinic in Waterford City

Máire Hoctor, TD, Minister for Older People, today (24th October 2008) welcomed the opening of the Ability Matters Clinic, a rehabilitation clinic, in Cleaboy Business Park, Waterford City.

Speaking at the official opening, the Minister acknowledged the efforts of both the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire and Opcare in bringing the clinic to fruition.“This kind of strategic vision and partnership is to be admired” the Minister said.

Ability Matters is a rehabilitation clinic founded by Opcare, one of Europe’s leading healthcare providers. The clinic is staffed to provide a wide range of rehabilitative services, including prosthetic, orthotic, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and a sports injury rehabilitation clinic. Occupational therapy home assessment and advice on aids for daily living are also provided.

A key feature of the approach of Ability Matters is the use of high definition video conferencing, which enables the rehabilitation consultant in the NRH to review patients in Waterford from the NRH base.

The Minister said that“the availability of this expertise locally, in the community, will reduce some of the stress for those who already face challenges to their physical and mental well-being. I wish the Ability Matters Clinic, and all those associated with it, every success for the future.”