Breen welcome Ennis General Hospital accreditation as a Centre for Colorectal Screening

March 12th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Pat Breen has today (Tuesday) welcomed the accreditation of the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ennis as a Centre Colorectal Screening. Deputy Breen said that the decision is testament to the Government’s commitment to extend the level of services being provided in Ennis and expanding its role within the Mid-Western Hospital Group.

“The selection and accreditation of the Endoscopy Unit at Ennis General Hospital as a Centre for Colorectal Screening marks a major achievement by the staff and management of the Hospital. To achieve this accreditation the Endoscopy Unit in Ennis had to reach the quality assured requirements including demonstrating sufficient capacity, reduced waiting times and clinical performance as determined by the National Cancer Screening Quality Assurance Committee during the course of 2011 and 2012 and I wish to acknowledge and congratulate the staff and management for their efforts which have culminated in the Hospital reaching this stage.

The Unit at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ennis will now become part of the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme and is one of only 15 units nationally to do so. It will serve the entire Region from Mayo down to Kerry.

Colorectal Cancer is the second most common cancer in Ireland and it is estimated that round 930 people die from bowel cancer each year with around 2,000 cases diagnosed each year. By 2020, it is estimated that bowel cancer could increase by 79 per cent in men and by 56 per cent in women. One of the significant aspects of colorectal cancer screening is that it can detect pre-cancerous adenomas and therefore early detection ensures better patients outcomes and saves lives.

The Programme will be available to men and women aged 55-74 and the concentration initially will be on the 60-69 age groups who are most at risk. They will be offered a free home testing kit known as a FIT test. Approximately 94 to 95% of people who take part in the programme will receive a normal FIT test result and will be offered another home testing kit in a further two years’ time.

Approximately 5-6% of people screened will receive a result that will require an additional test. They will be referred to Centres such as Ennis where a colonoscopy when further investigations will be carried out.

This Government is committed to extending the level of services being provided at Ennis General Hospital and to expanding its role within the Mid-Western Hospital Group and the provision of this service is a testament to this commitment. ”