Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has called on the Minister for Health and the HSE to provide clarity surrounding the age and quality of ultrasound equipment used in the Maternity Unit at University Hospital Kerry.
Expectant Mother’s Concerns
Deputy Ferris made the calls having been contacted by a concerned, expectant mother who recently used the facilities at UHK.
“ I was recently contacted by a young expectant mother who informed me that her consultant has told her that because of the age of the ultrasound equipment, the full suite of applications could not be offered in a timely manner,” said Deputy Ferris.
Dáil Questions Tabled
“ I have tabled a number of parliamentary questions to the Minister for Health seeking clarity on when funding will be sanctioned for new equipment at UHK, it is my understanding that UHK is the only hospital in the region that has not been provided with up to date ultrasound machines for maternity services.
Patient Safety Assured
“Having contacted consultants at the hospital, I have been assured that there is absolutely no threat to patient safety and expectant mothers can expect to be well looked after at UHK.”
“Patients in Kerry should have access to the same up to date modern equipment that other Irish hospitals enjoy,”Deputy Ferris concluded.