Dungloe Community Hospital
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has committed to the repair of the X-ray unit at Dungloe Community Hospital but a call has been made for a new X-ray unit at the hospital.
The news of the repair of the X-ray unit has a received a lukewarm reception from local TD, Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher.
Deputy Gallagher said that while he welcomed the d the commitment by the HSE to repair the existing X-ray unit at Dungloe Community Hospital, the move should be just a temporary measure.
The Fianna Fáil TD said it is evident that the unit is no longer fit for purpose and therefore this temporary arrangement for repair will not be sufficient or adequate for the medium or long term future of the X-ray unit at Dungloe Community Hospital.
He said that that the X-ray unit within the Hospital is extremely important to the entire west Donegal, greatly reduces the pressure on the Letterkenny based X-ray unit, and provides a service for the communities of west Donegal without having to travel long distances.
“Due to its location the unit is extremely well utilised and as such the X-ray unit must be fit for purpose and one which can be relied on for providing a full and complete service for the west Donegal communities which it caters for,” he said.
“I am now publicly calling on the HSE to make provision for a new X-ray unit for Dungloe Community Hospital as part of their capital budget, and that they prioritise the purchase of such a unit in the 2017 capital spend, the current repairs to the existing unit will only buy time but the reality is the unit is no longer fit for purpose and requires immediate replacement.
“The service provided by Dungloe X-ray unit is critical for West Donegal and as such requires immediate attention of the HSE official and the Department of Health.”