Deputy Niamh Smyth says, “This is something that I have worked on tirelessly since my election last year. I have just received confirmation from the RCSI Hospital Group that the anomaly scanning service has commenced at Cavan General Hospital and Louth Hospital.”
“I’ve been informed that the initial service at present is criteria lead with a view to expanding to a fuller service once additional professionals are recruited to increase service capacity.”
“The provision of this scan at Cavan General will be of welcome news to women right throughout Cavan and Monaghan. I have been informed by the hospital that this phased introduction approach is to ensure that this scan is introduced to the highest standard at the hospital and that it is their goal to provide to all expectant mothers who attend the hospital, said Deputy Smyth.
“I have been in constant correspondence with the Minister for Health and the RCSI group to ensure that this anomaly scan would be made available at Cavan General Hospital. Earlier this year I met with the Master of the Rotunda Hospital Mr. Fergal Malone to press the importance of these scans for women attending Cavan General Hospital.”
Deputy Smyth concluded, “Up until now women attending Cavan General have either been referred to the Dublin Maternity Hospital or they have had to seek this scan privately at a cost of €160 per scan. I want to reassure women that I will continue to work on this matter on you and your families behalf until we see a fuller service in Cavan which I hope will be in place by the end of quarter 1 in the New Year.”