Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (147)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

147. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health if he has had discussions with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service regarding offering a service to persons with haemochromatosis at donation clinics at local level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10240/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The IBTS contributes to addressing the issue of Hereditary Haemochromatosis through providing venesection services in Stillorgan and D'Olier Street (Dublin) and in St Finbarr's Hospital (Cork) on the basis of referrals from treating clinicians.

The IBTS propose to initiate a pilot mobile clinic for Hereditary Haemochromatosis patients in the South West in the coming months.  The degree to which people avail of this service will inform whether the extension of the service to other areas over time is advisable.