The HSE is currently in the process of recruiting four additional neurology nurses for Galway University Hospital, which is the western regional centre for neurology. This has been confirmed to Roscommon/ Galway deputy Denis Naughten.
He says that investing in more neurology nurses is a cost-efficient way of improving the efficiency of outpatient clinics, reducing waiting times and ensuring that patients have access to the specialist support they need to manage their conditions.
Based on the catchment area of Galway University Hospital, national and international guidelines recommend that there should be 13 neurology nurse specialists, but up until now there was just four.
The hospital has confirmed to the deputy that it has interviewed for a Neurology Clinical Nurse specialist (CNS) and will interview for an additional position for a Neurolgy CNS in the coming weeks. It has also been confirmed that recruitment will take place for a CNS for neurology paediatric while a candidate is in the process of being appointed to the position of CNS in paediatric neurodevelopmental.