€2M MRI scanner a step closer as work starts on new Connolly facility – Varadkar

Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed the start of work on a new MRI facility at Connolly Hospital.

Connolly Hospital expects to have its new MRI scanning service up and running later this year when the new extension is completed and the scanner is installed.

Work has now started on extending the existing X-ray Department to form part of a new MRI Examination Suite. The whole project, including the purchase of the MRI scanner, will come to around €2 million. Minister Varadkar has been campaigning on this issue for some time and raised it on several occasions with the HSE and the Department of Health.

“This is a very welcome development and an important stage in the ongoing campaign to provide an MRI scanner at Connolly Hospital. The provision of an MRI scanner is a vote of confidence in Connolly’s future and also highlights the Government’s ongoing support for the hospital,” Minister Varadkar said.

“Connolly is the only teaching hospital in Dublin which does not have an MRI scanner. Patients currently have to travel to other hospitals for an MRI scan, which is expensive and time-consuming. Having a scanner in Connolly will therefore be a major benefit to Dublin 15 residents.”