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Kildare town man’s six month wait for cancer scan

William Phelan, 4 Maple Lawns Kildare Town.  Re Letter from Naas Hospital. Story Niamh O Donoghue. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.

William Phelan, 4 Maple Lawns Kildare Town. Re Letter from Naas Hospital. Story Niamh O Donoghue. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.

A father of three, who found two lumps on his testicles on Christmas Eve, was initially told he would have to wait six months for a scan to see if it was cancerous.

Willie Phelan from Kildare town told the Leader he was shocked when he got a letter back from Naas hospital with an appointment date for June 20.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was stunned I would have to wait for six months worrying and wondering about it. It’s not right,” he stressed.

“I think its ridiculous. I don’t blame the hospital, the doctors, or the nurses. They are just doing their job. It’s the government that is to blame. They have to do something about waiting lists.”

Willie bravely spoke out because he wanted to highlight the issue, as others may be in a similar position. He outlined how members of the public are urged to regularly check themselves.

“Then when you do find something, you have to wait six months for a scan,” he declared.

Following receipt of the appointment, his GP contacted the hospital for an earlier appontment. Just before going to print, Willie was thrilled to get a date on January 30.

A HSE spokesperson said; “The HSE does not comment on individual cases. The position at Naas General Hospital in respect of ultrasounds is that current waiting times for routine ultrasounds is up to six months. However there are appointments available for urgent referrals each week should the GP request an urgent appointment.”

 

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