The Herity Report recommended that the hours of operation of the existing cath lab at Waterford University Hospital be extended to meet the needs of the catchment population. A mobile cath lab has been deployed at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) since October 2017 to conduct diagnostic cardiac procedures pending the extension of hours of operation of the existing cath lab.
As the Deputy is aware I have agreed to the provision of a second cath lab in Waterford University Hospital. The HSE was requested to consider the cost of progressing the project to design, planning and construction stages in the context of their 2019 Capital Plan.
The HSE has advised that the project has now been included in their Capital Programme 2019 and has been granted a capital allocation of €0.15m to appoint the design team and to progress the design of the project in 2019. They have also advised that it is expected that the Planning Permission application will be lodged by the end of this year.
A National Review of Specialised Cardiac Services is underway. The aim of the National Review of Specialised Cardiac Services is to achieve optimal patient outcomes at population level with particular emphasis on the safety, quality and sustainability of the services that patients receive through establishing the requirements for an appropriate configuration of specialist cardiac services throughout Ireland.
Work is currently progressing on the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services. This year to date the Steering Group has met on 25 January, 11 March and 29 April with its fourth meeting scheduled for 14 June 2019. Data collection and data analysis is continuing and site visits to Primary PCI centres across all Hospital Groups are almost complete with the final site visit scheduled to take place in early July 2019.
It is now anticipated that the Steering Group will continue to meet over the course of the summer to ensure that the drafting and finalisation of the report can be completed as quickly as possible.