Letterkenny General could be colorectal cancer screening centre

The Campaign Group Cooperating for Cancer Care North West says Letterkenny General Hospital is on track to be approved as a colorectal cancer screening centre.

After a delegation met with hospital management, the group says targets on waiting lists can be met.

However, the group says some capital investment will be necessary, and they are seeking to have that designation approved as quickly as possible.

Following a recent meeting with hospital management, Co-operating for Cancer Care North West express confidence that targets can be met.

The statement says the delegation was told the hospital is performing very well in reducing its waiting lists for routine symptomatic colonoscopies, and senior managers are confident that by he end of September, the target of patients being seen within 13 weeks will be met.

However, in order for Letterkenny General to achieve Joint Advisory Group,accreditation, the Endoscopy Unit needs to be upgraded. Management in LGH are in the final stages of preparing a submission to the National Capital Programme, to be submitted within the next six weeks or so.

Given the urgency of this, CCC(NW) is urging all our public representatives to strongly lobby for Letterkenny's capital bid to be fast tracked and approved as quickly as possible.