Monday 23 October 2017

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.

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.

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