6 May 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The extension of the provision and duration of a number of services at Monaghan Hospital has been promised by the Health Service Executive.

The HSE indicated improved services at the hospital in the areas of dermatology, audiology, endocrinology, hip treatment and ENT provision in response to Parliamentary Questions tabled in the Dáil by Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith.

Deputy Smith had raised with the HSE “the need to extend the provision and duration of services on a daily basis at Monaghan Hospital.”

In their response, the HSE stated that a new service would be provided at Monaghan Hospital “by a visiting Consultant in Dermatology Team based at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and supported by Clinical Nurse Specialist from Cavan General Hospital on a weekly basis. If this proposal is approved this will address the waiting times for patients in Cavan Monaghan Hospital for this service.”

The HSE also promised the extension of the existing audiology service at the hospital to include referrals for hearing aid impressions in conjunction with community audiologists; and an extension to the existing endocrinology clinics to address current wait times for patients.

The HSE response added: “The Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip Clinic (DDH, baby hip screening) commenced in November 2015. This is a multidisciplinary clinic provided by radiology, paediatrics and physiotherapy services. There are plans to further expand this clinic due to increased attendances.

“There are ongoing additional ENT clinics being held at Monaghan in support of the SDU outpatient primary target levels.”

Deputy Smith told The Northern Standard that he has renewed his call to the HSE to ensure that the commitments are honoured at the earliest possible date.

He has also called for the extension of services at Cavan General Hospital to ease the pressure on the delivery of health services in the Cavan/Monaghan area.


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