Monaghan Hospital gets long-promised CT scanning service

5 November 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The HSE has this week stated that the long-promised CT scanning service has finally been established in Monaghan Hospital. Local hospital campaigners and political representatives had, for some considerable time now, been calling for the service to be put in place.

The HSE said it was pleased to announce that the new CT scanning service has commenced in Monaghan from last Monday, 1st November and will operate two and a half days per week, on an “outpatient, non-urgent” basis.

Patients requiring specific CT scans may now be referred directly by their GPs in Cavan and Monaghan, the HSE stated, as part of a new service that will also facilitate patients who are referred by outpatient clinics at the Cavan and Monaghan hospital sites.

Providing local access to the service for patients from all over Co Monaghan, the scans will be conducted by a dedicated clinical nurse specialist in CT and a radiologist, the HSE added.

Dermot Monaghan, General Manager of the Cavan/Monaghan Hospital Group stated: “This is an exciting development for the services in Monaghan Hospital. The development ensures that the HSE is delivering on commitments given when acute medical services were centralised to Cavan General in July last year. This development, which cost in the region of €500,000, demonstrates the HSE’s commitment to the expansion of services in Monaghan Hospital.”

Dr James Hayes, Clinical Director of the Cavan/Monaghan Hospital Group said the HSE wished to acknowledge the hard work and support from all the staff who had assisted in bringing this service to fruition. He looked forward to the CT scanning service “improving the quality of patient care” within the Cavan and Monaghan region.

Meanwhile, the HSE has also announced the commencement of two capital projects at Cavan General Hospital, namely the expansion of its Renal Dialysis Unit and the refurbishment and development of the site’s Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.

The current projects will see the development of eight new dialysis stations, increasing the total number to 18. It is envisaged this work will be completed by April 2011.

The Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit when completed will include accommodation for 25 inpatients, a pre-admission assessment area, a designated patient waiting area and visitors’ room, additional staff accommodation, interview rooms and accommodation for advocacy services. The unit will also have an outside covered courtyard area where patients can sit and relax.

While work on these two projects is underway, services will continue to be provided as normal in both units.

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