New ante-natal and gynaecology service now being provided from Ballymote Primary Care Centre

A new weekly antenatal and gynaecology service has started in south Sligo.

It’s being provided by Sligo University Hospital from the new Primary and Mental Health Care Centre in Ballymote.

It’s catchment area includes Ballymote, Tubbercurry, Riverstown and Geevagh, as well as Boyle, Ballaghaderreen, Charlestown and many other towns and villages in between.

It’s the fourth such outreach service provided by Sligo University Hospital, the others being in Ballyshannon, Manorhamilton and Carrick-on-Shannon.

Dr Ravi Garrib, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Sligo University Hospital, is leading the clinic in Ballymote.

He says the aim is to bring high quality care as close as possible to where the women using it are living, and to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital outpatient clinics.

Colette Kivlehan, quality improvement midwife for maternity services at Sligo University Hospital, says women will get the same services in Ballymote as they would in the hospital.