13 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fine Gael member of Monaghan Town Council Tommy Hagan this week called for the extension of the hours of operation of the Minor Injury Unit at Monaghan General Hospital.

Colr Hagan said that recent much publicised delays in ambulance services arriving to attend at medical cases in the Monaghan area, plus the needs of local sporting bodies and the prospects of future industrial expansion in the north of the county, made up the components of a very strong case which the Health Service Executive must take heed of.

The HSE decided in November 2011 to reduce the opening hours of the unit, at which treatment for a range of minor complaints and ailments are provided.

The FG town councillor said he believed that the unit must now have its daily opening hours extended, at least until 7 pm, and it should also be brought back into operation at weekends.

“Although the unit is regrettably limited in the extent of the treatment it can deliver, its presence is a reassurance for local people, and that reassurance would be increased if the hours were brought back to something like those which originally existed,” Colr Hagan said.

He added that the public were concerned about the level of medical care readily available to them in the evenings and at weekends – as recent incidents had demonstrated, the resources available to the ambulance service in the region seemed stretched to the point where unacceptable delays in response times were inevitable in some instances.

One constituent had told him that she recently had to wait for a half-hour before an ambulance arrived to attend to her cut hand.

“Given the number of GAA, soccer and other sporting contests that take place in the North Monaghan area at weekends, having the minor injury unit open at these times would be of great reassurance to organisers and participants.

“Contact sports on a regular basis produce injuries that necessitate medical attention and it is unacceptable that the minor injury unit at our local hospital cannot operate at …

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