Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed confirmation from the RCSI group that consultants assigned to carrying out anomaly scans at Cavan General Hospital will spend a minimum of 12 hours a week at the hospital.  Recruitment is currently underway for four posts, and it’s hoped that the scans will be rolled out before the end of the year.

Deputy Smyth explained, “I am pleased that the RCSI group has now confirmed that the four new consultants are contracted to spend 3 hours a week at Cavan General Hospital – that amounts to 12 hours a week once all of the posts have been filled.  This is a major step forward for maternity services at the hospital and will come as a huge relief to women who use the department.

“I have been campaigning for the rollout of anomaly scans to Cavan General Hospital for some time. These scans are extremely important in monitoring the development of the baby in the womb and are carried out as routine in the main maternity hospitals in Dublin and Cork.  However, they have not been available to women in either Cavan or Drogheda unless they were specifically requested.  Earlier this year I met with the Master of the Rotunda Hospital Mr. Fergal Malone in Dublin and raised the issue with him.

“The RCSI group has now advertised for the posts, which will see consultants work between the Rotunda, Cavan General Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

“I am hopeful that once the recruitment process is concluded these scans can be rolled out without delay.  This will provide much needed assurance to pregnant women in the North East and I will be continuing my discussions with the Health Minister and the RCSI group to ensure that these posts are filled as a matter of priority”.