Minister of State for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has confirmed that Galway University Hospital (GUH) is recruiting four additional Neurology Clinical Nurse Specialists.

The Department of Health has confirmed to Minister Rabbitte that GUH have interviewed for a Neurology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and plan to interview for the second CNS in the coming weeks. In addition, under the Paediatric Model of Care, Saolta GUH Multidisciplinary Team, two additional CNS posts are in the process of being recruited in the area of ‘Neurology Paediatric’ and ‘Paediatric Neurodevelopmental’.

Minister Rabbitte commented:

I’ve had a number of medical professionals, advocates and families contact my office in relation to the shortage of neurology nurse specialists in Galway University Hospital so it is great to see a number of these posts finally being filled.

These Clinical Nurse Specialists bring great expertise to their roles, usually underpinned with experience. These appointments will ensure that outpatient clinics will be improved and waiting times should be reduced as patients will have more timely access to the specialist support they need.

Where such posts have been filled elsewhere, patients have reported improved psychological well-being and an improved sense of care. The management of people with neurological conditions crosses all divisions of the health service, from acute hospitals, mental health, social care, primary care and health and wellbeing and requires an integrated approach.

and she concluded:

This Government, along with the Department of Health, is fully committed to improving patient services and having patient-centred care in Galway and across the country. That commitment is reflected in the unprecedented level of funding that is being targeted right across the health service again in Budget 2022

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