20 week anomaly scan now being offered at Cavan General Hospital but further clarity needed – Smyth

SmythRotunda– Some pregnant women not being offered scan; told they aren’t eligible –
Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth has secured confirmation that the 20 week anomaly scan is being offered at Cavan General Hospital but has said she is concerned that not all pregnant women are being offered the service.

Deputy Smyth received the confirmation from the HSE by way of a parliamentary question this week. This is such a positive development for expectant mothers in the Cavan, Monaghan and Meath region.

“However, while I welcome this confirmation from the HSE, a number of pregnant women have been in touch to say that they aren’t being offered an anomaly scan, and that they need to be classed as Priority One in order to avail of the scan.

“I have been campaigning on this issue since my election to Dáil Éireann in February 2016. It has been a long slog but it has been without a doubt worth it.

“It never made sense to me that pregnant women attending at Cavan General Hospital were not receiving the same level of care as those attending at Dublin hospitals.

“I have written again to the RCSI Hospital Group seeking clarity on this. The scan should be made available to all pregnant women at Cavan General Hospital in the same way as it is available in other hospitals,” concluded Smyth.

Please find my Parliamentary Question on this issue attached for your review. RCSI HG PQ ref 43539 18 – Anomaly Scan – Cavan General Hospital-Response Letter

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