Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (399)

Ruth Coppinger

Question:

399. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 833 of 26 March 2019, if he will report on the consideration of the report of the working group on the model of care for lymphoedema and lipoedema; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25255/19]

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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 in April 2019. 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.