Naughten welcomes development of new x-ray system at Roscommon Hospital

In Health by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD outside the Urgent Care Centre where the new x-ray system is now operational.

Local TD and Health Campaigner Denis Naughten has welcomed the roll out of a new state of the art x-ray system at Roscommon County Hospital. The new system will allow the results of x-rays to be read by consultants at other hospitals like University Hospital Galway.

Rather than queuing for hours in many of the busy A&E departments, patients can          literally pop into Roscommon’s Urgent Care Centre, to have the x-ray taken, with the results read in the same manner as would be the case in Galway. The development means that patients no longer have to wait for x-rays to be sent to Galway for a diagnosis, and therefore can be treated in a more timely manner. It also means that Roscommon Hospital can offer increased diagnostic services to patients from Roscommon who attend Consultants based in Galway



In response to the new system, Denis Naughten said: “This is an issue that I have pushed with the HSE for some time and with the new manager of the Galway Roscommon Hospital Group, Mr. Bill Maher since his appointment last January and at last it has come to fruition.”

However, Naughten continued: “What is really frustrating is that fact that this service could have been in place some time ago, and used to help to build up the services available from the Urgent Care Centre at Roscommon County Hospital. It is now important that efforts are redoubled to provide new and additional services at the Urgent Care Centre, which would avoid people having to travel to already overcrowded facilities in other hospitals.”

“Furthermore, with a proper review of ambulance protocols some patients presently by-passing Roscommon could now be treated there in a safe and timely manner, while keeping ambulances locally rather than tying them up sitting outside other hospitals” concluded Denis Naughten.