Local Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, says Roscommon Hospital’s commitment to increase its elective surgery from 3,700 cases last year to 6,000 cases in 2012 is clear evidence of the substantially increased activity taking place at the hospital.
“I have always maintained that Roscommon Hospital will play a key role in providing a range of services and treatments for local communities and the wider region,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
“Before Roscommon Hospital became part of the Galway/Roscommon Hospital Group in January, the County Hospital effectively had no say as to what services could come into the hospital. Now working as part of the group, the hospital has a strong voice at the table, evidenced by a series of service developments which is taking place there.
“It’s also important to note that local people who normally had to travel to Galway for certain procedures will now be treated at Roscommon Hospital. Since November 2011, patients on GUH waiting lists are being treated for a range of procedures and conditions such as endoscopy, hernia, gall bladder and varicose veins. These procedures are also available to patients referred by Roscommon GPs to consultants at Roscommon Hospital.”