Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (147)

Michael McGrath


147. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the person or body responsible for the implementation of the HSE report on lymphoedema and lipoedema treatment in Ireland 2018; the details of the implementation plan; the timeline of same; his plans to ensure access to services for lymphoedema, primary and secondary patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26936/19]

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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 HSE has advised that it 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.

The broader implementation of the Model of Care will be addressed by the HSE in the coming months in the context of the budget process for 2020.