Funding has been secured in the Budget to extend the opening hours at the Medical Assessment Unit at Roscommon County Hospital.
The unit currently opens from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and is closed at weekends.
However, Roscommon-based Minister Denis Naughten had sought an expansion of the service to cater for more patients who need to seek a doctor urgently, and has confirmed this morning that funding has now been secured to extend the opening hours to include evenings and weekends.
The Medical Assessment Unit can treat chest pain, suspected, stroke, respiratory conditions, fever, seizures and headaches and suspected illnesses such as pneumonia or chest infections, on referral from a GP.
Minister Naughten says the extended opening hours will reduce the numbers presenting in Emergency Departments at other hospitals across the region…..