Staff approved to make endoscopy unit operational

The endoscopy unit at Roscommon Hospital is on track to open “soon”, Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has said, after Health Minister Leo Varadkar approved the staff to make it operational.

  Construction of the €6 million facility, which commenced in 2014, is now almost complete, but there has been a delay in its opening.

  The delay was caused by the fact that the staff to make it operational had not been approved, but Deputy Feighan said that has now been resolved.

  Speaking on Wednesday, he said: “The Minister has informed me that the endoscopy unit is now approved to recruit staff.

  “A total of 19 staff have been approved. They will have to be trained, but I now look forward to the endocopy unit opening soon.

  “This 14,000 square foot unit is set to become a diagnostic centre for the western region.

  “This investment ensures that the number of patients treated in Roscommon will continue to rise and add substantially to the general increase in activity at the hospital.

  “I gave a commitment to secure significant investment for Roscommon Hospital and the endoscopy suite is part of a €20m investment earmarked for the hospital. 

  “The other flagship projects are a Rehab Unit and a Hospice Care Centre.

  “Apart from the capital developments, the hospital is doing much more work in a large number of areas including day surgery, diagnostics, rehabilitation and chronic disease management.”