HSE claim Roscommon closure had no significant impact on other hospitals

A press update issued late on Monday evening by the HSE has revealed that the closure of Roscommon’s Accident and Emergency service has “not had a significant impact” on the emergency department of other hospitals in the region.

A press update issued late on Monday evening by the HSE has revealed that the closure of Roscommon’s Accident and Emergency service has “not had a significant impact” on the emergency department of other hospitals in the region.

A press update issued late on Monday evening by the HSE has revealed that the closure of Roscommon’s Accident and Emergency service has “not had a significant impact” on the emergency department of other hospitals in the region.

From 8am on July 11 acute Emergency Department services in County Roscommon were transferred to the surrounding hospitals, including Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, University Hospital Galway, Sligo General Hospital and Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, depending on the location of the emergency.

On Monday just five patients were brought by ambulance from various locations in County Roscommon for A&E treatment. One patient was taken to University Hospital Galway, one patient was taken to Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, one patient was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar and two patients were taken to Sligo General Hospital.

Commenting, John Hennessy, Regional Director of Operations, HSE added, “Feedback from the other hospitals in the HSE West network this afternoon (Monday) indicates that today’s changes have not had a significant impact on their Emergency Departments.”

Earlier this week the A&E service in Roscommon Hospital was changed to an Urgent Care Centre which will treat adults who present with non–emergency conditions. The unit and is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and will treat cuts, minor burns and scalds, initial diagnosis of fractures, including casting and pain relief and the removal of foreign bodies from the ear, nose or eye.

According to the HSE between 8am and 4pm on Monday just four patients attended the Urgent Care Centre in Roscommon for treatment - two referred by GPs and two who self presented.

As part of the changes a new enhanced Ambulance and Advanced Paramedic service is now available in Roscommon providing four ambulances in Co Roscommon and two in Roscommon Town, increasing the number of Advanced Paramedics and also providing a 24 hour Rapid Response Vehicle staffed by an Advanced Paramedic.

THE HSE has stressed it will continue to “work with GPs in Roscommon in relation to the services now available at the Hospital”.