Saturday 18 November 2017

No transfusions locally for road accident victims

ROAD accident victims in Roscommon who suffer severe bleeding can no longer be brought to the local hospital for a transfusion, it was confirmed yesterday, writes Eilish O'Regan.

John Hennessy, regional director of operations in the HSE West, said senior doctors were now reviewing the systems which have to be put in place to ensure the proper care of these patients.

Roscommon Hospital closed its A&E unit yesterday morning and replaced it with an urgent care centre dealing with non-emergency patients.

Previously, transfusion patients could be brought to Roscommon Hospital and stabilised before being rushed to University College Hospital in Galway.

Mr Hennessy said it would be necessary to devise a way for ambulances to carry blood.

Irish Independent

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