Friends of Regional Hospital Mullingar

Welcome to Friends of Regional Hospital Mullingar


The current access to an MRI for patients from Mullingar is via MRH Tullamore, which is the only publicly accessible MRI in the Midlands Region.


MRI is very much part of routine everyday imagining. It is no longer a specialised investigation and should be available in every general and teaching hospital. Almost 1,200 public patients are referred for an MRI from Mullingar hospital each year.

An onsite MRI service is an essential diagnostic test required for patients attending various services especially stroke, general surgery, gastroenterology, emergency department, endocrinology, cardiology, general and elderly medical patients.

In addition, paediatric MRI scans for which anaesthesia support is required comes with a 2 year waiting list for routine access. This is a service that can readily be developed at Mullingar.

A key indication for an on site MRI scanner is the access for critically ill patients who may be too ill to travel for an MRI scan.


The LONGFORD WESTMEATH FRIENDS OF MULLINGAR GENERAL HOSPITAL is a registered charity (CHY 9956) formed in 1990 to facilitate fundraising for the hospital, and to ensure the community which the hospital serves benifits from advances in medical science.
The Members of the FRIENDS come from the local community and from the Hospital.

The board of The Friends of Mullingar Hospital: Norman Dolan, Deirdre Murphy, Dr Imelda Lambert, Dr Hugh Logan, Mary Moriarty, John McGrath and Mandy Reilly at the launch of their idonate page in the Annebrook House Hotel. Dr Hilary Cronin is missing from photo.

Dr. Michael O’Grady (Consultant Paediatrician Regional Hospital Mullingar)
Mr. Norman Dolan. Farmer. Director Delvin Sports and Leisure Centre.
Ms. Mary Moriarty, Former Catering Manager, Regional Hospital, Mullingar
Mr. John W McGrath P.C.
Chairman Friends of the Regional Hospital Mullingar
Chairman Mullingar Integrated Arts Centre Limited
Peace Commissioner
Member Irish Property & Facilities Managers Assoc (MIPFMA)
Retired Area Facilities Manager with Eircom (main Irish Telecommunications Company )  
Chairman Mullingar Employment Action Group Ltd. Mullingar Enterprise Centre Ltd. Mullingar Action Recycling Ltd . Mullingar Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre Ltd.
Ms. Deirdre Murphy, BAgrSc, Food Science and MSc Marketing. Self employed in family farming business.
Mr. Joe Martin, Retired CEO.
Dr. Hugh Logan (Consultant Radiologist Regional Hospital Mullingar)
Hugh has worked as a Consultant Radiologist in Mullingar since 1991 as a general radiologist handling the very wide range of work that a General Hospital deals with, and with a special interest in the radiology of children. He is proud that they have kept completely up to date with developments in medicine over the years, and is especially proud of the expertise they have developed in diagnosing and treating strokes. He will be retired before the MRI unit comes into use, but glad of the opportunity to help with this important development.
Dr. Hilary Cronin (Clinical Geriatrician and Clinical Director Regional Hospital Mullingar)

Ms. Mandy Reilly, Support Services Manager,  Regional Hospital, Mullingar ,Co Westmeath




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Where your money goes

All money raised in this appeal will be used directly for the Regional Hospital Mullingar.
The Purchase of the MRI Scanner and anciilary equipment will cost €950,000.

The Department of Health have agreed to finance the building to accommodate the machine and provide the staffing and supports required to operate and maintain the machine.The CAMPAIGN BALANCE is currently at €800,000 thanks to the continued efforts and generosity of the community.


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Anyone visiting the Mullingar Regional Hospital can donate at “THE BUBBLE” at the Coffee shop

Our History

Where and why it all began