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Monaghan General Hospital 001 Monaghan General Hospital is hitting the news again and it is good to see as Governments have really put the lives of people in Monaghan in jeopardy and indeed, if the truth be known, possibly brought an early death to some patients in Monaghan. Since they removed acute services from our hospital the long journey to Cavan or Drogheda in an emergency has been too far and it was too long before the patient received adequate treatment. We were made many promises at that time, promises that were never delivered and some that were delivered were withdrawn soon afterwards. Monaghan General Hospital became a political football and vested interests were able to sway decisions. At that same time other hospitals were under threat too but the amazing things is that none of them suffered the same level to reduction in services that Monaghan did. This and that could not be allowed continue in Monaghan as it was ‘UNSAFE’ yet other hospitals were allowed to maintain them. Our Minor Injuries Unit is a typical example of the injustice done to Monaghan. Thanks to Matt Carthy TD, who has raised this issue again and has given us facts and figures in the Northern Standard. Bantry, Ennis, Dundalk, Mallow, Cork Mercy, Nenagh, Roscommon, Loughlinstown, and Limerick St. John’s were all downgraded but none lost as many crucial services as Monaghan did. All these hospitals operate a 7Day week MIU and are open from 8am to 8pm or 6pm. Monaghan opens 5 day week and close on Bank Holiday and open from 9am to 5pm. It also interesting to note that Monaghan sees more patients in a year during those hours than some of the above named MIUs in longer hours. Some of them also operate acute services and overnight surgery which is not allowed in Monaghan. So lets hope Matt Carthy gets the support of all who can, so that plenty of pressure is put on the Minister for Health to demand that crucial services and a proper Minor Injuries Unit is opened up in Monaghan General Hospital immediately, before we have more needless deaths. Monaghan General Hospital 002. Monaghan General Hospital hit the airwaves again this week when Councillor Paudge Connolly, told us of his efforts to get an improved ambulance service for Monaghan. His statements and reasoning has been printed and on local radio but basically he is stating the obvious - that an ambulance arriving at a patient one hour after the emergency call was made is not acceptable and who can argue against that. Indeed quite a number of families can verify that this does happen and in many cases the time was much longer. What chance is there of survival or recovering with times like that before treatment. Cllr. Connolly did point out that he does not put any blame on the ambulance staff as they are doing an exceptional job but the system is not managed properly so that ambulances are available when needed. That is one of the main criticisms I would have of our health services in North Monaghan. I have heard from families how stressful it was waiting for an ambulance, while a family member is in dire need of emergency treatment. When the ambulance arrives the personnel must carry out their protocol and then head to Cavan over one of the worst roads in Ireland. So why are there not enough ambulances available? I am told it is because they cannot get personnel to work on the ambulance because of conditions. I say that by making more use of Monaghan General Hospital, especially the Minor Injuries Unit, the ambulance would be more available. When an ambulance is called to an incident and has to take a patient to Cavan that ambulance will be off call to any other patient for at least 3 hours, whereas if the protocol was such that so many patients could be taken to Monaghan MIU instead, then the ambulance is back on duty after 1 hour. This will save time, save expenses and save lives but do those who can make changes care about the lives of Monaghan?
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Monaghan General Hospital 001 Monaghan General Hospital is hitting the news again and it is good to see as Governments have really put the lives of people in Monaghan in jeopardy and indeed, if the truth be known, possibly brought an early death to some patients in Monaghan. Since they removed acute services from our hospital the long journey to Cavan or Drogheda in an emergency has been too far and it was too long before the patient received adequate treatment. We were made many promises at that time, promises that were never delivered and some that were delivered were withdrawn soon afterwards. Monaghan General Hospital became a political football and vested interests were able to sway decisions. At that same time other hospitals were under threat too but the amazing things is that none of them suffered the same level to reduction in services that Monaghan did. This and that could not be allowed continue in Monaghan as it was ‘UNSAFE’ yet other hospitals were allowed to maintain them. Our Minor Injuries Unit is a typical example of the injustice done to Monaghan. Thanks to Matt Carthy TD, who has raised this issue again and has given us facts and figures in the Northern Standard. Bantry, Ennis, Dundalk, Mallow, Cork Mercy, Nenagh, Roscommon, Loughlinstown, and Limerick St. John’s were all downgraded but none lost as many crucial services as Monaghan did. All these hospitals operate a 7Day week MIU and are open from 8am to 8pm or 6pm. Monaghan opens 5 day week and close on Bank Holiday and open from 9am to 5pm. It also interesting to note that Monaghan sees more patients in a year during those hours than some of the above named MIUs in longer hours. Some of them also operate acute services and overnight surgery which is not allowed in Monaghan. So lets hope Matt Carthy gets the support of all who can, so that plenty of pressure is put on the Minister for Health to demand that crucial services and a proper Minor Injuries Unit is opened up in Monaghan General Hospital immediately, before we have more needless deaths. Monaghan General Hospital 002. Monaghan General Hospital hit the airwaves again this week when Councillor Paudge Connolly, told us of his efforts to get an improved ambulance service for Monaghan. His statements and reasoning has been printed and on local radio but basically he is stating the obvious - that an ambulance arriving at a patient one hour after the emergency call was made is not acceptable and who can argue against that. Indeed quite a number of families can verify that this does happen and in many cases the time was much longer. What chance is there of survival or recovering with times like that before treatment. Cllr. Connolly did point out that he does not put any blame on the ambulance staff as they are doing an exceptional job but the system is not managed properly so that ambulances are available when needed. That is one of the main criticisms I would have of our health services in North Monaghan. I have heard from families how stressful it was waiting for an ambulance, while a family member is in dire need of emergency treatment. When the ambulance arrives the personnel must carry out their protocol and then head to Cavan over one of the worst roads in Ireland. So why are there not enough ambulances available? I am told it is because they cannot get personnel to work on the ambulance because of conditions. I say that by making more use of Monaghan General Hospital, especially the Minor Injuries Unit, the ambulance would be more available. When an ambulance is called to an incident and has to take a patient to Cavan that ambulance will be off call to any other patient for at least 3 hours, whereas if the protocol was such that so many patients could be taken to Monaghan MIU instead, then the ambulance is back on duty after 1 hour. This will save time, save expenses and save lives but do those who can make changes care about the lives of Monaghan?