An Independent TD is urging the public to consider using the Injury Unit at Roscommon where they can be treated within an hour, rather than waiting in overcrowded Emergency Departments like Mayo University Hospital and Portiuncula.

That’s the view of Denis Naughten who says patients should also ask GP’s if they can have tests or x-rays in Roscommon Hospital rather than spending hours in an emergency department waiting to see a doctor before accessing x-rays or scans.

Last Friday there were 35 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital which was the third highest in the country.

Deputy Naughten says Roscommon’s injury unit needs to be better utilised which in turn would free up emergency departments across the region.

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