'Transvaginal scanner welcome step in the development of Mesh Centre' - Flynn
Sinn Féin health spokesperson Órlaithí Flynn MLA has welcomed the announcement from the Belfast Trust that they've placed an order for a transvaginal scanner which is anticipated to be fully operational next year.
The West Belfast MLA said:
“Today’s announcement by the Belfast Trust regarding the transvaginal scanner is a welcome step in the development of a Mesh Centre.
“My party colleague, Caoimhe Archibald MLA and I met with the leading service personnel, including the Lead Clinician, to discuss the services for mesh injured patients. They told us that work was in progress with the PHA to reissue information around the preparations for a regional mesh centre.
“The hope is that the business case and funding will provide a functioning regional mesh centre at the City Hospital and that confidence can be restored. The proposed, self-accredited mesh centre will assess, scan and treat patients according to their physical and mental health needs.
“We welcome the recognition physical and emotional support is required and that women will have access to trained psychologists who understand the complexity of mesh injury.
“We made it clear that a dedicated service is required and highlighted our concerns around the misinformation and communication to patients.
“Confusion was caused by an announcement in February about the existence of a new mesh centre. The service personnel have acknowledged that this announcement was premature and that the new centre is not yet operational.
“We recognise that service personnel are endeavouring to strengthen trust and confidence with mesh patients.
“Sinn Féin will be meeting with the Health Permanent Secretary in the coming weeks to discuss all of these issues further and ensure women have access to the appropriate care and treatment."