HSE de­lays on Cath lab will im­pact car­dio ser­vices in Sligo

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

FIANNA Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Ea­mon Scan­lon says fur­ther de­lays to the es­tab­lish­ment of a per­ma­nent Cath Lab at Sligo Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal will have se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions on the re­cruit­ment of an ad­di­tional car­di­ol­o­gist for the hos­pi­tal.

New cor­re­spon­dence re­ceived by Deputy Scan­lon re­veals that the HSE has set up a re­view group to ex­am­ine the pro­vi­sion of Cath labs across the coun­try, which will fur­ther de­lay the es­tab­lish­ment of a Cath lab in Sligo.

“I am deeply frus­trated by this lat­est in­for­ma­tion from the Saolta Hos­pi­tal Group, which clearly out­lines the in­ten­tion to set up a per­ma­nent Cath lab at SUH, but which ex­plains that “a Na­tional Re­view of Spe­cial­ist Car­diac Ser­vices is cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken”. This will un­doubt­edly de­lay the pro­vi­sion of the Cath lab at SUH”, said Deputy Scan­lon.

“The cur­rent sys­tem, whereby a mo­bile unit vis­its the hos­pi­tal once a week, is not pro­vid­ing the range of ser­vices that are so badly needed. Pa­tients are forced to travel to Alt­nagelvin in Derry, Dublin or Gal­way for pro­ce­dures.

“The lack of a per­ma­nent Cath lab will also cre­ate re­cruit­ment is­sues for the hos­pi­tal. SUH is cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing for a sec­ond car­di­ol­o­gist and it will soon be seek­ing a re­place­ment for a cur­rent post. If we want to at­tract the best can­di­dates it’s cru­cial that we have a Cath lab.

“The HSE should not be stand­ing in the way of Saolta’s cur­rent plan, which pro­poses a fixed Cath lab in Sligo. I am call­ing on Min­is­ter Har­ris to end the de­lay and ap­prove the ex­ist­ing plan so that pa­tients in Sligo can have ac­cess to a full ser­vice car­di­ol­ogy fa­cil­ity”.

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