Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth is welcoming progress on the roll out of anomaly scans to pregnant women at Cavan General Hospital.  Deputy Smyth has been campaigning to extend anomaly scans to the hospital and met with the Master of the Rotunda Hospital last week.

Deputy Smyth commented, “These scans are extremely important in monitoring the development of the baby in the womb and are carried out as a matter of routine in the main maternity hospitals in Dublin and Cork, but not in some regional maternity units.  Women in Cavan and Monaghan who want an anomaly scan have had to travel to Dublin in order to get the scan.  This is deeply unfair and a source of much anxiety for parents to be.

“I have been engaging with the Health Minister and the RCSI group over the past number of months to secure an anomaly scan service at Cavan General Hospital.  Last week I met with Mr. Fergal Malone, the Master of the Rotunda Hospital, to press the importance of the rollout of these scans to pregnant women in this region.  The meeting was extremely productive and it’s hoped the scans will be made available in Cavan later this year.

“I am pleased that the OB/GYN posts for the extension of this service to Cavan General and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda have now been advertised.

“The fact that the scans are being rolled out is a significant step forward.  I will continue liaising with the RCSI group and the Minister’s office to ensure that these posts are filled without delay so that the service can be provided as soon as is possible”.