Mammography machine in Sligo to be replaced

It is the HSE’s intention to replaced the machine necessary to carry out mammographies in Sligo General Hospital.

It is the HSE’s intention to replaced the machine necessary to carry out mammographies in Sligo General Hospital.

Speaking following the HSE quarterly meeting with public representatives Labour Senator O’Keeffe confirmed that the HSE will replace the machine and that the budget is in place to do so.

“At the regional meeting I raised the issue of the machine as there had been some confusion on the issue. It was confirmed at the meeting that, while a machine is currently in place it, Sligo Regional Hospital has been decided that it would be more beneficial in the long term to purchase a new machine. The estimated cost is €200,000”, she stated.

“I welcome Deputy Mc Loughlin’s statement which said that Minister Reilly has given him a commitment that the mammography services would be returned to Sligo Regional Hospital. However I am acutely aware of the difficulties in recruiting mammography-trained radiographers for the cancer centre at University Hospital Galway. There is an acute shortage of radiographers not just in Ireland but in the US and the US.”

“I have written to Minister Reilly asking him to ensure that the mammography trained radiographers are recruited as soon as possible. I have also written to Tainiste Eamon Gilmore highlighting the problem. I will continue as before to lobby the Minister on this,” Senator O’Keefe said.

Sligo/North Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin met with the Minister for Health, James Reilly, last week regarding the issue of Mammography services at Sligo General Hospital.

The Minister committed to this service for Sligo last November. Minister Reilly expressed his frustration with the delays in getting this service off the ground. Approval was given to recruit the relevant qualified personnel in Galway at that time however the Minister has been told that this recruitment process was slow with a difficulty in recruiting qualified professionals.

The HSE locally in Sligo informed Deputy McLoughlin that the equipment required modifications and upgrading however the necessary funding was in place to do that and this will be done.

James Reilly informed Deputy McLoughlin that he met with Mr Hennessy CEO of HSE West when he was in Athlone recently where he again urged the HSE to provide the relevant personnel from Galway to commence Mammography at Sligo General Hospital without further delay

“Let me be clear I am committed to the provision of this service for Sligo General Hospital and I expect the HSE to have Mammography up and running in Sligo within the next two months,” said Minister Reilly.

“The delay since last November for this service is unacceptable and I welcome the Minister’s intervention,” he said.