A new state of the art community x-ray facility is now operational at the Errigal Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Hub.
The new facility is located on the Kilmacrennan Road, Letterkenny opposite the entrance to the Emergency Department, Letterkenny University Hospital.
The new facility is the fifth community x-ray location operating across Donegal Community Healthcare Network Areas from which patients can receive a plain film x-ray which is accessed via an electronic referral from their GP.
The other facilities are located in Community Hospitals at Dungloe, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Killybegs which currently undertake 1090 x-rays on average per month.
The new facility operating Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. with a current capacity of 25-30 pre-scheduled x-rays per day. Capacity will further increase in May 2023 following the appointment of a second Radiographer.
A spokesperson for the HSE said, “This facility compliments the Sláintecare reform programme as it improves safe, timely access to care and promoting Health and Wellbeing is focussed on integration, safety, prevention, shift of care to the right location, productivity, extra capacity and achieving Sláintecare waiting time targets.
“This facility ensures the rollout of the Enhanced Community Care Programme within Donegal.
“The patient will benefit from this facility as it will improve timely access to diagnostics in the community, and reduce pressure on the acute hospital services
“Further communication will issue from the community x-ray department to advise stakeholders on the specific services provided.
“We would like to acknowledge the significant support provided by our colleagues in Letterkenny University Hospital, General Practice and wider HSE management who have been instrumental in supporting the set-up of this facility.
“We look forward to continue to work in partnership to progress the development of the diagnostic services in Donegal for our community for the benefit of our patients. “