Routine X-ray services in St Joseph’s, Longford have ceased as of Tuesday, August 6 to allow for the installation of new x-ray equipment. It is hoped that services will recommence on Monday, September 16, however, exact dates may change.
The centre has acquired state of the art x-ray equipment, and the closure will allow for the removal and replacement of the old equipment, much of which has been in place since 1978.
The new equipment will ensure higher quality picture and a reduction in radiation. It’s a very positive move, explains Radiography Services Manager Andrew Kiely, and it means that the x-ray services will be “secure for many years to come”.
Many patients have already been informed of the disruption to services, as all GPs were contacted in relation to the installation of the new equipment. In the meantime, the GPs’ centre in St Joseph’s will have a portable x-ray for a limited number of x-rays. Otherwise, patients in need of x-rays will be accommodated through the x-ray department in the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, who have been made aware of the closure.
Andrew adds that there will be no risk whatsoever to patients, and no deterioration in their healthcare while the x-ray services are closed, and he urges those with any concerns to speak to their GPs.