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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 4 May 1995

Vol. 452 No. 4

Written Answers. - Amputee Counselling.

Mary Wallace


38 Miss M. Wallace asked the Minister for Health the counselling that is currently available to people who have had amputations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8126/95]

Limerick East): Counselling is provided in the acute hospitals to people who need amputations prior to and after their operations through the regular hospital social work services and through the medical and nursing staff. On occasion, counselling is provided also by public health nurses or psychologists to patients after they leave hospital. The Amputee Support Association also provides counselling and support services to people prior to and following amputation and acts as a coordinating body for all agencies concerned with the care of people with limb deficiencies.