Public need to ask ‘can I have that in Roscommon Hospital?’
The 92% satisfaction rating for patients who have been treated in Roscommon Hospital this year clearly shows the need for more patients to use the hospital to access quality medical care much faster than in many other hospitals across the region, says Denis Naughten TD
The National Inpatient Experience Survey has stated that Roscommon Hospital scored above the national average for every stage of care and for overall patient experience. Patient ratings for the care which they received on the ward in the hospital was significantly higher than in the 2018 survey.
“These results not only show the dedication of staff in the hospital but the need for patients to use the hospital not just for inpatient treatment but for tests as well as the injury unit,” stated Denis Naughten.
“I would actively encourage people when they attend their GP and are being referred on to hospitals for further tests, to ask if they can have the tests in Roscommon Hospital. This in many cases will avoid having to take a long journey to Galway where they have to queue just to get parking.
“And for patients who must attend the bigger hospitals, in many cases they can have their follow up tests carried out in Roscommon Hospital and again they should ask if they can have that in Roscommon rather than having to battle the traffic again.
“It should also be noted that there is now a new specialist team at Roscommon Hospital to work with older people.
“As a result of investment that I secured a new ‘frailty team’ of 16 medical staff, including a new consultant, has been appointed to Roscommon Hospital at a cost of €750,000 each year.
“This expansion of local medical services at Roscommon Hospital, and the development of this new service for older people, will help to prevent people having to be admitted to hospital in the first place and reduce their risk of picking up a hospital infection as a result.
“This investment in a new medical team at the hospital will focus on preventing people, particularly older people, from having to be admitted to hospital in the first place and help to minimise the length of time people need to spend in hospital. This has already led to the training of 13 doctors in Roscommon Hospital who are now using this training in the care of older people attending the hospital.
“This is the first significant investment at the Urgent Care Centre in Roscommon Hospital since the A&E closed in 2011 and forms part of a commitment which I secured in the Programme for Government.
“This will mean focusing on providing not just urgent care but also preventative care to older patients by working with those who might be prone to falling or who are less likely to return to their own home if they end up in hospital,” stated Denis Naughten.