This week I was pleased to hear some rare words of adoration from a number of people with regard to the commencement of construction of the new endoscopy unit at Roscommon County Hospital. As we are all well aware, the hospital issue has been one of much controversy in the county for the past three years.
The saga has heralded many ups and many downs. In typical Irish fashion however we have amplified the downs and glossed over the ups. My views on the administration of Roscommon's health services have been made well known in recent times and I will not rehash what has already been said. I'm sure we can all agree that Roscommon's journey to recovery has just began. The road ahead is long and no doubt as a county we will face many obstacles but we should reflect on what this new unit truly means for the future of Roscommon County Hospital.
The objective of the Department of Health is to develop rural hospitals into centres of excellence specialising in delivering expert services to service users. Thanks to the trojan work of Frank Feighan TD, Roscommon has managed to secure it's future as a centre of excellence and we should welcome the development of the new endoscopy unit with open arms. It is part of the human condition that very often we fail to appreciate the upsides of these situations but I for one will certainly make a better effort to show my appreciation in the future.
It just so happens that I underwent a routine endoscopy at Roscommon hospital only a few short weeks ago. In stark contrast to my brothers experience with the HSE recently I cannot praise the service at our county hospital enough. The nurses were jolly, the doctors obliging and the toast amazing! In all seriousness, I was stunned to no end at the great level of service I received. It is important that the public do not loose sight of the fact that we have a real resource in our county's hospital and that we should appreciate all the effort that goes into maintaining and developing it's services, at all levels.
We have a brilliant hospital here in Roscommon with a great staff and a bright future. If we utilise the services to their full extent then we can start to build on the strong foundation that has been set. If we choose to, we can all help to ensure the future of Roscommon County Hospital and the future of Roscommon as a whole. We have some way to go yet but if we can continue to have these little victories we will get to where we want to go as a county.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
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