By Gary Culliton.
An Urgent Care Centre will be in place at Roscommon County Hospital from Monday July 11, operating from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, the HSE has said.
There have been “ongoing difficulties recruiting the required number of NCHDs required to safely deliver a safe 24-hour service in Roscommon,” Dr David O Keeffe, Clinical Director, Galway Roscommon Hospital Group, has said. “In the recent past we have been managing this issue through the use of locum doctors. That is not a sustainable or safe solution in the long term.”
This service will be supported by an enhanced ambulance service and a Medical Assessment Unit. The Westdoc/GP out of hours service will also commence from Monday the 11th July, located on the hospital grounds. Acute emergency services in Roscommon will, from Monday 11, be provided at the surrounding acute hospitals including: Portiuncula, Ballinasloe, University Hospital Galway, Sligo General, Mayo General and Castlebar – depending on the location of the emergency requiring treatment.
Dr O’Keeffe said: “The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has made clear recommendations in relation to the level of health service that should be provided in a smaller hospital like Roscommon. It is widely acknowledged that the safest place for patients to receive acute emergency care is in a larger centre with specialists who have all the necessary support and equipment to deliver that care.”
The Urgent Care Centre will be doctor-delivered and will treat adults who present with non-emergency conditions such as sprains and strains, minor burns and scalds, wounds, bites, cuts and grazes. The Westdoc/GP out-of-hours service will also commence from Monday, July 11.
“Roscommon and Westdoc GPs will provide the out-of-hours service and it will be located on the hospital grounds. Patients will be seen in the treatment centre or in their homes if that is necessary,” the HSE said. Doctors will be driven in a Westdoc jeep, which will contain the necessary support equipment, including an ECG and a defibrillator. Patients will be provided with prescriptions and a supply of drugs, should they require them until they can fill their prescription.
An enhanced ambulance service will also be provided, deploying additional ambulance crews in the Roscommon area. During the day, four front-line ambulance paramedic crews will operate in County Roscommon, based in Roscommon town and Boyle. At night, three ambulances staffed with paramedic crews will be in place in the County. A new Rapid Response Vehicle, which will be staffed by an advanced paramedic, will also be deployed in County Roscommon 24/7.
In the event of an emergency, the ambulance will bring patients to the nearest appropriate emergency department. The Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) will operate daily from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with direct GP referral to the Unit and access to same-day diagnostics. Patients requiring treatment for chronic illness will be seen at the MAU.
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