Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (224)

Paul Kehoe


224. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health the status of the development of an adult narcolepsy centre in St. James's Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12660/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Work on a centre of excellence for narcolepsy, based in St. James’s Hospital, for treating all forms of narcolepsy in adults and also in children transitioning from the paediatric services, was committed to in the HSE 2018 National Service Plan.

The HSE has confirmed that the construction of the sleep lab is now complete with equipment installed and commissioned. The HSE has also confirmed that a consultant neurologist has been working part-time since January 2019 in the centre and will work full-time from April. A neurophysiology technician will commence in mid-April, from which point testing will commence. It is intended to expand the service as technical staff incrementally join the centre.