Health Minister hopes increase in sonographers will help anomaly services at Mullingar hospital

The Minister for Health is hopeful that a recruitment campaign for specialists staff will provide more anomaly scans for pregnant women at Mullingar hospital

Simon Harris was responding to a question from Longford-Westmeath TD Robert Troy who queried when the procedure, which checks for abnormalities in babies will be available for all women who attend the hospital.

Currently, anomaly scans are not offered at all hospitals in the country, but are offered in each hospital group, including in Mullingar, where there is a clinical need indicated.

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The minister claimed that the government is hoping to recruit an additional 52 sonographers in the coming years, and is hopeful at least one of the positions will be located at the Midlands Regional Hospital due to the large number of women who present there for maternity care: