The long-awaited replacement CT scanner has arrived at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and will soon be installed and available for use.
The scanner will be fully commissioned in the coming months in a newly constructed expansion of the Radiology department.
County councillor Evelyn Parsons welcomed the arrival of the replacement CT, saying that it is a “great step forward for Portiuncula University Hospital to support reliable provision of quality services and highest standards of patient care.”
Cllr Parsons said that as a member of the Regional Health Forum, she has repeatedly raised the need for a replacement CT scanner.
“I’m delighted the replacement CT scanner has arrived, for the many patients from a wide catchment of over 400,000 attending Portiuncula University Hospital and for staff who will have new and reliable equipment to help diagnose and clinically manage patients in our area,” said the Independent councillor.
“It is a state of the art 128 Slice Siemens CT Scanner and I understand that it’s expected to be up and running in October.
“As a next step I would like to see further provision of a second new CT scanner as the census population growth and crucial need for diagnostic services to tackle long waiting lists post Covid is very evident.
“The replacement CT scanner represents a great investment in PUB which employs over 800 staff in the Ballinasloe area. It is a great step forward to improve the patient experience, support staff, but most importantly to maintain and provide the highest quality standards of diagnosis and clinical care for patients in Portiuncula University Hospital.”