Roscommon University Hospital (RUH) recently hosted the launch of a new urology model of care.
The HSE’s national clinical programme for surgery is developing models of care for a number of surgical specialties. The latest is for urology and this model of care looks at the range of activity delivered and areas where there are gaps in the service.
Urology focuses on surgical and medical diseases in the urinary-tract and in the male reproductive organs.
RUH played an important role in the development of the new model of care by being the site for a Rapid Access Haematuria Service, which is one of the key initiatives under the new model of care.
The Rapid Access Haematuria service in RUH began as a pilot scheme in December 2018.
It was designed as a one-stop clinic for patients who have symptoms of blood in the urine, known as haematuria, with procedures and investigations carried out within a target of 28 days.
Mary Garvey, General Manager in RUH said: “The success of the pilot in RUH demonstrated that the proposed model of care, when implemented across the country, will improve the access for patients to the services.
“We are proud to have been selected as the pilot site under the urology model of care and to have successfully implemented it”.