Why are we waiting to get the basic right to a full time Consultant Rheumatologist and Rheumatology support team based in Castlebar Hospital? Patients with crippling pain and deformity have to travel very long distances to see a Rheumatologist when there should be a full time Consultant Rheumatologist and his Rheumatology team based in Castlebar looking after the patients of Mayo. A full day is spent travelling to attend out of county rheumatology services rendering the patients more excruciating pain after having spent such a long time sitting in the car in restricted space without a chance to stretch and exercise limbs. The Rheumatoid Arthritis patient is suffering for days afterwards trying to recover. The financial cost in having to travel to out of county rheumatology services also has a negative impact.
From the bottom of my heart I plea for a full time Rheumatology Department to be established immediately in Mayo General Hospital
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