Westdoc has confirmed that Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon have merged since the start of this year, in terms of providing out-of-hours GP services.
Yesterday, Galway County Councillor Michael Connolly told Midwest New that a Westdoc base had been in operation in Glenamaddy for a number of years, but since Christmas, people in the East Galway region who phone Westdoc for a GP at night or weekends are being advised to travel to Tuam or Roscommon.
Westdoc has confirmed to Midwest News today that, due to the onerous rota expected of GPs due to the non-filling of vacant posts in rural areas, and the low numbers attending the service, the Glenamaddy, Castlerea and Roscommon cells have now merged.
In a statement, Westdoc says the GPs are based in the new Primary Care Centre in Roscommon, while patients will also be seen in Glenamaddy or Castlerea as deemed appropriate by the doctor.
New practice nurses have been employed to operate from the Primary Care Centre in Roscommon at weekends to further enhance the service.
Westdoc says that, despite the merger, there will be no change in the hours of service provided to patients.