Local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the first formal meeting of the Design Team, tasked with the planning and design work for the €3m Endoscopy Suite to be built at Roscommon Hospital.
“I had the great pleasure of meeting members of the Endoscopy Project Design team, which held its very first meeting on Wednesday at Roscommon Hospital. I am also delighted that one of the key members of that team is Roscommon company Varming Consulting M and E Engineers,” stated Deputy Feighan.
“Last week’s appointment of the team and the formal commencement of the planning and design phase marks another significant milestone for the project. This phase of the development is a major component in the project and will involve a range of complex preparatory work including the preparation of planning and tender documents.
“I understand a tender process to identify a suitable contractor to build the Endoscopy building will then be undertaken early next year to progress the project as quickly as possible to its completion sage. And once the suite is fully operational, 30 daily procedures will be performed at this new facility, which will represent a four fold increase in the current levels being carried.
“I am delighted to have secured the multi-million capital expenditure for this development, which I know will transform the hospital into a major diagnostic centre for Roscommon and the Western region.
Deputy Feighan said that making Roscommon a key diagnostic centre for the West was clear evidence that the long-term future of the County Hospital was secure.
“With the provision of the Endoscopy facility, there is also the ambition to widen the service to offer Bronchoscopy, Cystoscopy and a range of other such like scope services. This will be facilitated by Roscommon Hospital consultants and visiting consultants from GUH and other hospitals in the network.
“I also expect that Roscommon Hospital will become a recognised centre for the National Cancer Screening Programme and be able to facilitate patients from Galway hospitals in order to reduce waiting times for other procedures. I am also delighted at the great reaction by ordinary staff at the hospital to this multi-million euro investment: the over-riding objective has always been to safeguard the hospital and all the jobs there,” concluded Deputy Feighan.