First step to establish National Air Ambulance Service welcomed ? Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

But it is not a replacement for an A&E Local TD and health campaigner Denis Naughten has welcomed the Government announcement of a dedicated air ambulance base for Custume Barracks in Athlone. “This is a major step forward in establishing a national helicopter emergency service which could transport patients from the scene of an accident to a major trauma centre,” …

Naughten welcomes revision of targets for Roscommon Urgent Care Centre

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the row back by management of the Galway/Roscommon University Hospitals Group on its activity targets for the urgent care centre and medical assessment unit at Roscommon County Hospital. “Last week I disclosed the fact that inadequate provision had been made by the management of the hospital group for increased numbers to be treated at …

Revised A&E Portiuncula targets welcome – Naughten

In Health, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the climb down by management of the Galway/Roscommon University Hospitals Group on its activity targets for the emergency department at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. This will ensure the figures now take into account the impact of the increase in patient numbers following the closure of Roscommon A&E department. “Last week I disclosed the fact that …

Naughten highlights local delays with medical card system

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten last week met with the senior management within the HSE responsible for the processing of medical cards where he highlighted the fact that the current delays are unacceptable and need to be addressed immediately. “While the HSE claimed that they are now on top of the situation, they failed to provide any detailed data to support …

Urgent Care Centre hours under threat ? Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Roscommon Hospital to treat less patients than in 2011 The Urgent Care Centre and Medical Assessment Unit at Roscommon County Hospital will see their services curtailed in 2012 according to the HSE service plan, local TD Denis Naughten has stated. “In addition, 2012 will see 5,000 patients less being treated at the hospital than in 2011 and there will be …

Utter confusion over ambulance base – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has called on the Government representatives locally to re-double their efforts to secure the ambulance base for West Roscommon after he was informed today (Wednesday) that no decision has yet been made by the HSE. “I have received a letter from the National Director of the Ambulance Service – signed on 22nd February – and from his reply …

Why has HSE hidden key targets for Roscommon Hospital?

In Health by Denis Naughten

Service plan cuts to hurt locally – missing patient figures could be greater concern Local TD Denis Naughten has expressed concern at the HSE’s failure to publish its target for the number of patients to be treated at Roscommon and Portiuncula Hospitals this year. “It is normal practice for the HSE to set out in its service plan its target …

County Roscommon furthest away from A&E

In East-Roscommon, Health, Mid-Roscommon, North-Roscommon, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

People living in County Roscommon are now further away from a fully functioning A&E than those living in any other county according to an analysis by NUI Maynooth’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Responding to the analysis, local TD Denis Naughten said this analysis clearly shows how important the A&E at Roscommon Hospital was to the people of …

HIQA seeking details of ambulance problems locally – Naughten

In East-Roscommon, Health, Mid-Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The Chief Executive of the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA), Dr. Tracey Cooper, is seeking details of problems with the ambulance service in County Roscommon on foot of concerns raised by local TD Denis Naughten. At a Health Committee meeting this week with HIQA, Denis Naughten highlighted reports of ambulances being diverted from hospitals while en-route and patients being …

Air ambulance must be based in Midlands – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has reiterated his call that any new air ambulance service must be based in the Midlands and not along the coast in either Dublin or Galway. “The Minister for Health is about to decide on who is to operate a new air ambulance service in the coming days and the big fear is that this service …