Ballinalee to host MRI fundraiser this weekend

Liam Cosgrove

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Pictured left to right are Catherine Hennessy, Breda Kennedy, Martina McNamee and Marie Sheridan.

The Longford public are being invited to attend a cake sale in Ballinalee's Thomas Ashe Hall on Sunday (February 11) as part of a major fundraising drive by The Friends of Mullingar Regional Hospital.

It's envisaged the drive will help spearhead the group's wider bid to bring an MRI scanning service to the Westmeath based hospital.

At present, around 1,200 public patients are referred for an MRI scan from Mullingar Regional Hospital each year.

The current access to an MRI scan for patients from Mullingar Regional Hospital is to Tullamore Hospital, which is the only publicly accessible MRI facility in the Midlands region.

Such is the demand for the service, the current waiting list for a routine MRI from Mullingar Regional Hospital is 12 months.

“The MRI scan is very much part of the routine for everyday medical investigation and should be available in every hospital,” said a spokesperson.

“An onsite MRI service is an essential diagnostic test required for patients attending various services especially stroke, general surgery, gastroenterology, emergency department, endocrinology, cardiology, young adults and children.”

Members of the public are encouraged to bring cakes, buy cakes and donate on the day.
A raffle has also been pencilled in for the event which is scheduled for 12-2pm.

“Please come along and support this event and make sure that we all have access to this vital medical service in our local Mullingar Hospital,” added the spokesperson.

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