PATIENTS and GPs will be better served in Limerick after a best-in-class Bon Secours Diagnostic Imaging service was launched in Limerick this week.
This Monday’s launch saw diagnostic services across the Mid West elevated to a new level as the new Bon Secours Diagnostic Imaging service brings three services under one umbrella.
Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O’Donovan coincided the service’s launch with the unveiling of a new 128 slice CT scanner at the centre as part of an extensive programme of investment planned by Bon Secours Diagnostic Imaging.
The new operation will amalgamate the hospital imaging activities where 30,000 scans are provided annually at the hospital across MRI, CT, Xrays, Ultrasounds and DEXA,
Minister O’Donovan said that the hospital has a fantastic heritage in Limerick “but the establishment of Bon Secours Diagnostic Imaging is proof that it’s very much a future-focused centre as this will deliver an optimum level of efficiency, which will be good for patients and good for their GPs.”
Bill Maher, CEO of Bon Secours said that the “this is a really positive day in our evolution here at Limerick. This will ensure the already best-in-class service delivered here is raised to even higher levels thanks to the enhanced efficiencies this will deliver to patients and GPs. It will ensure fast access to diagnostics thanks to all of the modalities required by patients being delivered by a single operator”.
Malcolm Banks from Bon Secours Diagnostic Imaging said that “our patients require high quality and fast access to Diagnostic Imaging to answer their clinical questions accurately and fast.
Dr Emmet Kerin, of Treaty Medical Centre and former President of the National Association of General Practitioners, said that GPs welcomed the news.
“From a primary care physician perspective, these results will be available on Health Link, which is the electronic communications system that facilitates the transfer of information – referrals and results – between primary and secondary care in Ireland.”