Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (342)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

342. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the status of the working group report on the model of care for lymphoedema; the actions that will be carried out following same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21409/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The working group report detailing the proposed model of care for lymphoedema and lipoedema treatment in Ireland has been finalised and was published on the HSE website last month. The report is available at:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publications/lymphoedema-model-of-care.pdf.

The HSE will initiate a 12-month 'proof of concept' programme in September this year.  This programme will consist of:

- an early detection service in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin;

- a community demonstration site in Community Healthcare Organisation 8 (Laois/Offaly);

- the introduction of lymphoedema education into undergraduate programmes; and,

- eLearning modules in lymphoedema awareness for health care practitioners.