Local politicians have called for greater use of Roscommon Hospital as an immediate response to the growing pressure on health services nationwide. Deputy Denis Naughten and Cllr. Tom Crosby – the latter the current Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council – both say the HSE could alleviate some of the pressure by better utilising Roscommon Hospital.
Amid growing concern over a lack of hospital beds nationwide, Deputy Denis Naughten says the HSE and the Minister for Health should allow ambulances to transport non-urgent patients to Roscommon University Hospital’s urgent care centre. Such a step, he said, would immediately ease overcrowding in emergency departments across the region.
Deputy Naughten noted that protocol has already been agreed between the National Ambulance Service and the HSE to transfer patients to Ennis General Hospital to help ease pressure on the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick. He said there is no reason why an appropriate protocol cannot now be put in place for Roscommon Hospital.
Cllr. Crosby went further – calling for the reopening of Roscommon A&E, which was controversially closed over a decade ago.
“The closure of Roscommon A&E is a decision that should never have been made, and it should be reopened immediately to access all possible resources and help take pressure off other hospitals at this time,” he said.