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The new service is expected to commence early next year and aims to reduce a waiting list of around 1,000 patients at UHG.
Details of the plan were released in tender documents published recently by the HSE, with the MRI service to be offered in a mobile/modular unit on hospital grounds to public and private inpatients and outpatients.
The service will initially operate at UHG and STGH, but could be extended to other sites in the future.
The MRI unit will operate three days a week at STGH and five days a week (including Saturdays and Sundays) at UHG. It will provide scans for around 800 patients at STGH and 2,000 patients at UHG annually.
Breast and cardiac imaging capabilities are being sought for UHG, while cardiac imaging is required for STGH.
It is understood that consultant radiologists employed by the service provider will be responsible for reporting of all images.
They will also be responsible for the management of the entire administration referral process in conjunction with the hospitals.
“University College Hospital Galway currently has an extensive waiting list for MRI and, as part of the service, the successful supplier will be required to conduct a detailed validation of this waiting list and to provide functional and commercial options on processing the remaining patient numbers on the waiting list for MRI. The current waiting list amounts to some 1,000 patients per annum,” documents relating to the tender state.