A new consultant appointed to Galway University Hospitals says he is looking forward to expanding the therapeutic endoscopy services for people in the region who currently have to travel to Dublin.
The new Consultant Gastroenterologist at GUH, Dr Muhammad Farman, graduated from medical college in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2007 and completed higher specialist training in Gastroenterology in a number of Irish hospitals.
Most recently, Dr Farman completed a Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Medicine and Advanced Endoscopy from Kings College Hospital London, with a main focus on Endoscopic Ultrasound and ERCP – a technique used to diagnose and treat disorders of the pancreas, bile duct, liver and gallbladder.
“I’m looking forward to expanding the therapeutic endoscopy services in GUH and establishing diagnostic and therapeutic Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan services for patients in the West of Ireland,” said Dr Farman.
“EUS is used in the diagnosis and staging of a wide variety of pancreatic and upper gastrointestinal cancers and the management of biliary and pancreatic diseases.
“An EUS service is not available at any of the hospitals in the Saolta Group and patients currently have to travel to Dublin.”
Ms Chris Kane, General Manager, GUH said she is delighted to welcome Dr Farman to Galway where he will be a valuable addition to the medical team at GUH.
“As a designated referral hospital for cancer services we treat patients from all over the West and North West,” she said.
“The appointment of Dr Farman is an important step towards establishing a EUS Service here for the West of Ireland and we are currently seeking funding for the specialist equipment to progress the development of the service.
“This new service will remove the need for our patients to travel to Dublin and reduce preventable delays in diagnosis and treatment as a result of onward referrals.”