THE installation of a second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford has moved a significant step nearer.
Waterford council has granted planning permission for a two-storey extension to house the new facility and interviews are to take place soon for two addition cardiologists atthe hospital.
Cllr. John Cummins hailed the developments as “an enormous step forward in our fight for 24/7 Cardiac Care at UHW.”
an enormous step forward in our fight for 24/7 Cardiac Care at UHW
A catheterisation laboratory allows hospitals to make crucial diagnosis of heart problems and Waterford has long campaigned for a second lab and a round-the-clock service.
“The news that the green light has been given for a second cardiac catheterisation laboratory on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford is hugely positive,” said Cllr Cummins, a Fine Gael general election candidate.
“It has taken huge determination on behalf of campaign groups, the general public and politicians to get us to this point where planning has been granted for a second permanent laboratory. It is now imperative that the HSE is not allowed to sit on their hands and that the tender documents for the works are published and a contractor appointed without delay and that is my focus in the weeks ahead”.
The development will consist of a two storey extension to the existing hospital on an existing flat roof with accommodation including a Specialist Procedures Room, Preparation and Recovery Room, Diagnostic facilities and ancillary accommodation.
imperative that the HSE is not allowed to sit on their hands
Cllr Cummins said interviews would place on Wednesday 22 January for the recruitment of an additional two cardiologists at UHW .
One of these positions will fill a recently vacated post and the second is a new post which will bring the staff compliment to four interventional cardiologists
“With the fourth position in place, it is envisaged that this will enable the service to expand to an eight to eight, seven-day a week service subject to agreement with the relevant staff and the Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Programme,” said Cllr Cummins.