National award for Ennis Hospital is fitting recognition of the important role of smaller hospitals– Breen

May 19th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Saturday 19th May
World class radiology service at Ennis General wins first place in National Healthcare Innovation Awards
Fine Gael TD for Clare, Pat Breen, has congratulated the management and staff at Ennis General Hospital following the its first place award in the National Healthcare Innovation Awards in the category of radiology.

The award was given in recognition of the new tele-radiology technology at Ennis General Hospital which has transformed radiology services at the hospital . Critical X-rays are now reported on in less than 15 minutes, while X-rays deemed to be urgent will be reported on in less than 90 minutes. Previously it took up to three weeks for a radiologist to report on routine X-rays.

 “I would like to congratulate the management and staff at Ennis General for this award. The award not only recognises the excellent radiology service in Ennis – it is also a strong statement that smaller hospitals have a key role to play in the future of our health service.

“This groundbreaking and innovative tele-radiology technology has helped the hospital to end the backlog and waiting times for x-rays at the Hospital. In fact it has revolutionised the service, something which we can all be thankful for.

“The award is a serious vote of confidence in the hospital and I have no doubt that it will help boost the confidence of all those who use the hospital and those who work there.

“I take great satisfaction in the fact that Ennis General beat off competition from major national hospitals including the Mater Hospital and St. James’ Hospital who were also shortlisted for this award. This says to me that we have a hospital which is providing a cutting edge radiology service.”