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Currently, radiology reporting in the hospital occurs off-site.
However, the HSE recently went to tender for both an on-site radiology service, as well as a remote reporting service.
The tender is calling for the presence of a radiologist to provide clinical leadership within the radiology department, including the supervision of CT and ultrasound, as well as the provision of fluoroscopy services.
The development of an on-site service would put the hospital in a position to help reduce waiting lists for radiology in the South/South West Hospital Group, according to the tender documents.
The tender is also looking to continue the off-site reporting arrangement of an estimated 25,000 examinations per annum. There is also the requirement for out-of-hours service for reporting of CTs and contrast protocol for these patients.
Bantry General Hospital provides acute general hospital services to the population of a unique, rural, very large geographical area encompassing West Cork and South Kerry. The area extends from the Beara and Sheep’s Head Peninsulas in the south to Kenmare in the West, Macroom and Clonakilty in the north and Timoleague in the east and includes several inhabited islands.
Given that there is no acute surgery available in the hospital since 2013, the hospital requires a full CT service to be available 24/7.