Regional hospitals quicker for scans
Patients can have their diagnostic scans in a matter of hours at some regional hospitals instead of joining the long wait for the same scan in the country's major hospitals.
Delays of seven months for CT scans and of five months for MRI scans were reported last week at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, to compound the previous issue of the failure by radiologists there to read nearly 58,000 X-rays in the past four years.
But there is virtually no wait for a diagnostic scan at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Nenagh.
"CT services have now begun at Ennis and Nenagh as part of [the new] process. Since CT scanning began in Nenagh in May 2009, over 250 CT scans have been carried out and 155 in Ennis since last July," the Health Service Executive (HSE) said.
The HSE added that acute services were being enhanced at these hospitals to ensure that local patients would not have to travel long distances to the 'centres of excellence' to get any specialised treatment they required.