Closure could turn out to be for the good of Roscommon people
At 8am today the emergency department in Roscommon Hospital closed after 70 years. Will it -- as promised -- bring safer care for people in the county? And will it save lives? Health Correspondent EILISH O'REGAN investigates the real impact the withdrawal of A&E services will have on the area.
Published 11/07/2011 | 05:00
WHEN is a medical condition urgent, and when does it amount to an emergency? This is a distinction some people in Roscommon who are in life-threatening situations may fail to understand at their cost.
The urgent care centre which opened in Roscommon County Hospital at 8am today is essentially a minor injuries unit, with access to X-rays, which will cater for routine conditions. A GAA player who suffered a sprain in a match yesterday would be a perfect candidate.
The new centre is overseen until 8pm by an experienced junior doctor who will attend to patients who require immediate care but are not in life-or-death situations. They may have broken bones in the arms and legs, sprains, bites, cuts, minor burns and scalds.