Roscommon Hospital

  • A design team is expected to be appointed by the end of this month, to design the proposed new medical rehabilition unit at Roscommon University Hospital.

    Senator Frank Feighan questioned the Minister for Mental Health & Older People Jim Daly last week in relation to progress on the Rehab unit - which will be the only one of its kind in the West of Ireland.

    Minister Daly's office has now responded to Senator Feighan, and said letters will issue next week to advise the successful and unsuccessful design teams, and the appointments should be concluded by the end of this month.



    The Design team for the €8 million Medical Rehabilitation Unit being planned at Roscommon Hospital is set to be appointed very shortly, according to Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan.

    The Senator says that the announcement of the successful design team for the 20-bed capital project is now imminent.

    The tender process to select a project design team commenced in August 2017 and prospective contractors sent their tenders back on December 27th last. Unfortunately, he says, there appeared to be unwelcome delays in moving this process along; however, he raised the matter directly with Junior Health Minister Jim Daly in June and, since then, the HSE has refocussed its efforts in getting the team in place.

    The facility based at Roscommon University Hospital will operate as a satellite centre under the auspices of the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire.

  • The Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed that a proposal for a new Central Sterile Services Department at Roscommon Hospital has now been agreed between HSE Estates and the Saolta Hospital Group.

    Concerns have been raised recently about the future of the sterile services department at Roscommon Hospital and its impact on surgical procedures at the hospital, unless investment was secured urgently.

    Currently, sterilisation of some equipment is being outsourced to another hospital.

    Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan says a proposal for the new unit has now been agreed, and the project brief has been prepared, which he hopes will progress to design stage early next year.

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has welcomed the fact that Roscommon patients will no longer be forced to travel to Galway for basic eye field tests as the specialised lenses have been replaced in the Ophthalmology Department in Roscommon and should be operational by the end of September 2018.

    Deputy Murphy tabled a parliamentary question with the Minister for Health as a number of constituents had raised the matter with him in recent weeks.

    The Ophthalmology Department in Roscommon has now received the specialised lenses and it is hoped to have the equipment operational by the end of September 2018.


  • The Saolta Hospital Group is in the process of holding interviews for additional consultants at Roscommon Hospital.

    Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten says this is a result of the investment he secured for the hospital in Budget 2018.

    One of the positions is a new full-time permanent Consultant Physician post with 32 hours per week based at Roscommon Hospital and a further seven hours per week based at Galway University Hospital which allows the consultant to access treatment services at all local hospitals.

    Deputy Naughten says this investment in consultant staff is a very positive development for Roscommon Hospital and will allow for the expansion of local medical services but the important issue now is to secure suitably qualified candidates for the positions.

    This has been a challenge across the HSE in recent years with up to one-third of consultant posts not being filled.

  • Visiting restrictions have been lifted at Roscommon University Hospital.

    The restrictions were put in place last week, due to the high number of patients with flu.

    While the visiting restrictions have now been lifted, management are reminding the public that visiting is strictly limited to the official visiting hours - 2pm to 4pm and 6.30 to 8.30 pm each day, and say visiting at other times will not be permitted.

    As there are still cases of flu in the community, anyone who has had symptoms of a cold or flu, or have been in contact with anyone with a cold or flu, are asked not to visit patients in the hospital for at least 5 days after they have recovered.

  • 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.

  • The walk-in x-ray service has now resumed at Roscommon County Hospital.

    The service has not been available for some time due to a malfunction of equipment, which meant many people were unable to have x-rays of the hip, spine, pelvis and abdomen carried out at the walk-in facility at Roscommon Hospital.

    The new equipment is now up and running and the walk in x-ray service has now resumed, according to Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy....