Galway hospital group urged to ensure equipment remains operational

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Saolta Hospital Group has been urged to put measures in place to ensure ageing diagnostic equipment is replaced across all departments, before reaching its end of life.
The matter was brought before the Regional Health Forum West this week where city councillor Terry O’Flaherty asked officials if dental x-ray equipment for the orthodontic department at Merlin Park has been replaced as yet.
The meeting was advised that the equipment arrived on-site this week and is expected to be operational by tomorrow.(Fri)
Officials stated that all patients who have appointments deferred have been contacted to reschedule with treatment dates expected to begin in early December.
Tuam area councillor Mary Hoade said the breakdown of equipment has a serious knock-on affect and questioned what system is in place to check such diagnostic equipment as it approaches end of life.
Chief Operating Officer Ann Cosgrove said a process is in place to maintain equipment and in this case it failed.
She added the equipment was replaced at a cost of just under 70 thousand euro.
The meeting also heard that a part-time locum is in place and there are plans to recruit a second orthodontist.