The CT Scanner in Portlaoise hospital is available 24/7 as of last weekend.
Extending the hours of the CT was listed as a priority for the HSE in their National Service Plan for 2013, the only mention of any Laois healthcare facility or service in the document.
Since the scanner was installed in Portlaoise, it has opened on a 9 to 5 basis. With many campaigns, by local people and politicians over the years to see it opened all the time.
Last week, Laois TD Charlie Flanagan welcomed confirmation from the HSE that a full CT service will be available in Portlaoise hospital from Saturday, October 26.
“Following discussions between local management, staff, the Consultant Radiologist and a radiographer, the service will be on call 24/7 in the event of an emergency whereby a patient requires a CT Scan,” Deputy Flanagan said.
He continued: “This interim arrangement will be in place until such time as the additional staffing approved come on stream, which I expect will happen in January.
“In the event of a person sustaining a head, chest or abdominal injury, a CT scan can be essential. A proper functioning 24 hour emergency department requires such a facility and I am pleased that Portlaoise will now have this.”
Deputy Flanagan commend the flexibility of staff in Portlaoise hospital for ensuring that this development can take place immediately.
He said the opening of the scanner 24/7 would facilitate life saving diagnostics out of hours.
“This is a very welcome development and one that will facilitate life saving diagnostics out of hours and ensure that patients brought to the Emergency Department can be diagnosed immediately,” the Fine Gael TD said.