first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care are delighted with the news that Minister for Health Leo Varadkar will visit Letterkenny General Hospital to meet with both DACC and Cooperating for Cancer Care North West next Thursday.Betty Holmes of DACC.DACC had written to the Minister in August 2014 and asked him to visit Letterkenny Hospital to meet with them.At that time the Minister was unable to do so but DACC have kept their request to the Minister to the fore and continued with our request. Betty Holmes of the DACC says it is key that the Minister visit the hospital to see first-hand the great work that happens there and the difficulties that they experience.It is also important that DACC have the opportunity to continue to highlight the difficulties that we are aware off among which are Breast & Prostate/ Urology Services.“We are asking the Minister please that he reverse the Centralisation of the Referral Process for appointments to the Breast Unit at Letterkenny. Why are women who maybe in the early stages of breast cancer no longer being referred to see a specialist Breast Consultant in Letterkenny Hospital? Instead a large number of women whose referral letters from their GP to Letterkenny Hospital now have to travel to Galway where they are offered appointments by GUH.DACC ask “Why in these times of cuts in hospital budgets etc is it feasible to have staff at the Breast Unit in Letterkenny Hospital sending the requests for appointments to the breast unit at LGH….impact on time, service etc!! “ Where are patients in these plans? And more importantly who cares? Why should patients have to wait for a surgeon in Galway to allocate appointments twice a week? Hospital from Galway Hospital.The Breast Unit at Letterkenny Hospital has worked well for almost 10 years, indeed was a leader in it’s field, was able to allocate it’s own appointments, see & treat it’s own patients. Removal of this key service & practice is not working in the best interest of the patients. No matter what we are told this is primarily the first steps in taking Breast Cancer Services from Letterkenny Hospital.“When we met at the Dept of Health in Feb this year there are 425 men with prostate cancers and 160 women & men with bladder cancers that needed to be followed up. We were assured that the resources that were needed to treat the patients at Letterkenny Hospital would be made available. We are aware that this number now is very much larger and clinics at Letterkenny Hospital are not happening. Patients who usually had review appointments every six months are now waiting a year and longer and still no appointment. We believe that the Galway Consultant is now not travelling up to LGH for clinics…..another key service being taken from Letterkenny Hospital down the road to Galway!!“We would hope that our map that we took to our meeting at the Dept. of Health in Feb & sent to the Minister again this week highlighting the travel distance for cancer & other patients to Galway Hospital will be beneficial in our meeting.“We have been told that our questions are really questions for the Saolta Hospital Group but at this stage DACC say that these key matters & responsibility must rest at the Minister for Health’s door! “DACC ask the people of Donegal are we really going to sit back & let key cancer & other health services be taken from us?”DACC WELCOME MEETING WITH MINISTER VARADKAR was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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