Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health Senator Marc Mac Sharry has described the opening of a new Neurological Institute in Sligo as ‘a major development in healthcare in the North West.’

Senator Mac Sharry, who assisted in making this project a reality over the past two years, welcomed the new facility which is being launched in Sligo tomorrow (Thursday).

“This will be a game changer for patients who require neurological services in the North West. It will place this region at the cutting edge of advances in the area through direct links to the Dublin Neurological Institute and beyond,” the Sligo Senator said.

“The centre is a not-for-profit initiative, which will work with exiting neurological services in the region. It is culmination of a considerable amount of work by a number of individuals, agencies and private sector sponsors with a vision to make the best possible neurological services available to patients in the North West.

“The institute, headquartered in Sligo, will be linked to the Dublin Neurological Institute and with the cooperation of the HSE, it will develop links with the Sligo Regional Hospital, Letterkenny General Hospital and Galway University Hospital. Through this the new centre will seek to bring together the best care for patients in the North West region. It also hopes to join with existing Neurological NGOs in the region to maximise benefits to the community.

“I am delighted to have worked on this project and I would like to pay tribute to Professor Tim Lynch of the Mater Hospital and Dublin Neurological Institute and his team, Dr Kevin Murphy at Sligo Regional and Damien Mc Allion of the HSE, the private sector benefactors and in particular Dr Natalie Murphy Walsh and her family whose experience and vision over the last 2 years will ensure that patients in the North West will receive the best in cutting edge neurological services into the future.

“This initiative is a huge addition to exiting neurological services in this region. It proves the potential of the North West as a location for centres of excellence in specific medical disciplines.”