Treatment delays increasing the risk of missed cancers
Treatment delays of up to a year for women who have "benign" gynaecological conditions are increasing the risk that some cancers will be missed, new master of the Rotunda Hospital Professor Fergal Malone has warned.
He said gynaecological services for the greater Dublin area and the RSCI group of hospitals, which includes counties in the north-east of the country, were under-served.
Some women with symptoms such as post-menopausal bleeding may have a benign condition but two or three out of 10 may have cancer. "Patients with benign gynaecological conditions are referred to us from throughout the region," Prof Malone said.
One of his priorities, as he begins his seven-year term at the 250-year-old maternity hospital, is to overhaul services for women with a range of benign gynaecological conditions.
"We are going to be interviewing three new consultant obstetrician gynaecologists early this year to be jointly appointed between the Rotunda and Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown," he said.