RENAL Dialysis patients in Mayo got a timely boost last week, when it was announced that funding of €1.8 million has been sanctioned for extending the over-stretched unit currently operating at Mayo General Hospital.
Confirmation came last week from Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring (pictured), that the project has been included in the HSE 2012 capital programme. The €1.8m will fund design fees and all other costs associated with the project, which will deliver more beds and facilities for dialysis patients in Mayo when completed.
Currently, there are 54 patients on Renal Dialysis in Mayo General Hospital, with others waiting to use the service. At present, the overflow is catered for in Galway, which means that some patients have to undertake a several hour round trip in order to avail of this essential medical intervention several times every week.
Welcoming the funding, Minister Ring said that when this work is complete it is intended that all Mayo patients will be able to avail of these services in Castlebar.
“This is another good news story for Mayo General following on from the opening of the dedicated Occupational Therapy unit and the development of MRI services in the Hospital in 2011,” he said.
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