Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from the RCSI Hospital Group that anomaly scans will be provided to women in Cavan and Monaghan by the end of this year.

Deputy Niamh Smyth said, “I have received confirmation from the CEO of the RCSI Hospital Group that it has reached agreement with the HSE for the rollout of a Regional Maternal Foetal Medicine Service including our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and Cavan General Hospital.  It’s anticipated that staff recruitment will take around 6 months and with the anomaly scans expected to be operational by the end of this year.

“I am cautiously welcoming this good news.  This is an issue that I have worked extensively on since I was elected as a TD for Cavan-Monaghan last year.  It is a very emotive issue and mothers to be have made it very clear that they want this scan to be provided in their local maternity unit.

“I will be meeting with a number of key hospital personnel over the next few weeks to emphasise the need for this scan to be made available at Cavan General Hospital as soon as possible”.

Deputy Smyth added, “I remain optimistic that this essential scan will be rolled out in Cavan and Drogheda before the end of this year and I will be continuing to engage with local management, as well as the appropriate staff in the RCSI in Dublin to ensure these scans are made available to women in Cavan and Monaghan without delay”.