The X-ray service in the Carndonagh Community Hospital is now running five days a week.
Previous to the service starting, patients would travel to Letterkenny University Hospital to avail of an X-ray.
The service has seen a large increase in GP referrals since the COVID-19 pandemic.
All referrals are prioritised according to the clinical information supplied by the referring GP.
Where a GP has stated a recent injury or trauma, these referrals are fast-tracked as are all chest referrals.
While urgent referrals continue to be seen within two to seven days, the routine waiting list has increased. Increasing the service from three to five days a week will reduce the routine waiting times and still accommodate all urgent referrals.
A Senior Radiographer position has also been advertised as of August 24th. The closing date is September 12th and interviews will take place shortly afterwards.
Mandy Doyle, Head of Service, Primary Care, CH CDLMS said “We are delighted to announce an increase in the number of days that x-ray service will be running in Carndonagh Community Hospital. This is another example of enhanced community care, by increasing the availability of services in the community this in turn helps to keep service users out of the hospital setting.”