Pregnant women attending University Hospital Kerry will now receive a second foetal scan as a result of a fund-raising drive.
At present, women get a scan when they register with the hospital in early pregnancy.
However, Friends of University Hospital Kerry have raised funds for a new foetal assessment ultrasound machine.
This means women will now receive a second scan when they’re 20 weeks pregnant.
Fundraising efforts by Friends of University Hospital Kerry have resulted in the purchase of a foetal assessment ultrasound machine which has been donated to the hospital’s obstetric unit.
Consultant obstetrician, Dr Richard Horgan, says the new scanner means each mother-to-be will now receive a second scan at 20 weeks.
This second scan will determine whether the baby’s growing normally and will help to detect any problems with the womb or the placenta.
Friends of University Hospital Kerry have also announced that their annual gala benefit night sponsored by Kerry Group will take place on July 7th at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.
The group hope to raise €100,000 with the ambition to buy equipment for the hospital’s cardiac unit.
According to consultant cardiologist, Dr Louis Keary, the only echocardiogram at UHK is already working to over-capacity and there’s an urgent need for a second machine.
At present, waiting times in the hospital for a routine echocardiogram can be up to 15 months with 1,300 patients on the waiting list.