The walk-in x-ray service at Roscommon University Hospital is no longer available for certain non-urgent x-rays, due to a malfunction of equipment in recent weeks.

The matter was raised with the Minister for Health Simon Harris by Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy recently.

Deputy Murphy says he became aware in recent weeks that many people were unable to have x-rays of the hip, spine, pelvis and abdomen carried out at the walk-in facilities at Roscommon Hospital.

He says this is an excellent service and local GPs often refereed patients into the walk-in facility.

Deputy Murphy says he understands that some x-ray equipment malfunctions in recent weeks beyond repair and the service whereby GPs referred patients directly for non-injury related conditions has been affected.

X-rays of the chest can still be performed.

GPs have been asked to refer patients to other hospitals in the region for other x-rays.

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