Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the launch of a plan to improve urology services across the country which was developed in conjunction with Roscommon Hospital.
“Roscommon Hospital was the first hospital in Ireland to introduce a rapid result services for patients with symptoms of blood in urine, which in 10% of cases is a sign of cancer,” said Denis Naughten.
“Under the Roscommon model, patients from the West of Ireland referred to the hospital had a consultant appointment and diagnostic tests carried out within 28 days of a referral from their GP.
“Not only were cancers diagnosed and referred on for treatment but a further 20% of patients were referred on for other specialist care. Before this patients could have to wait 12 months to get such a diagnosis.”
Denis Naughten continued: “This new service is saving lives but the new model of care launched at Roscommon Hospital is also about improving access to urology services for people with incontinence.
“One in every three people over the age of 65 suffer from incontinence and with the right care and advice this can be cured or managed. However, if untreated it can lead to infections and psychological problems such as depression.
“This launch is also a significant milestone for Roscommon Hospital because instead of the Royal College of Surgeons visiting our hospital to shut down services, as would have been the case in the past, we now have them coming to a small hospital like Roscommon to acknowledge the leadership role it is playing in transforming healthcare in Ireland.
“There is not doubt that this pilot and launch would not have come about without the commitment of Mr Eamonn Rogers and the dedicated team of staff at Roscommon Hospital.
“It is now hoped that as a result of the leadership role which Roscommon Hospital is now playing in this area that it can become a National Centre of Excellence for urology care in Ireland,” concluded Denis Naughten.