Mother says new Diabetes Centre in Sligo will mean less trips to Dublin for parents

A new diabetes centre for the north west means parents will no longer have to travel to Dublin to avail of a vital pump therapy.

It follows the approval of planning for the new centre which is to be based at Sligo University Hospital.

The HSE aims to have it up and running in the coming year.

People with type 1 Diabetes in Sligo Leitrim and Donegal will now be able to avail of a new centrre from next year.

The centre will provide a pump therapy for children and adults.

Donal Gilroy of the Sligo branch of Diabetes Ireland is welcoming the news.

He says the approval of planning this week for the centre is a great boost and it can now go to tender with work set to start in the coming months.

Michelle Gilgarrow travels to Dublin three times a year with her son who has diabetes and needs to use the pump system.

She says that it will mean they will now not have to travel to Dublin to avail of this therapy.

She says this service is something very important in particular for children with the condition: