March 7, 2021

UHW cath lab closed for four days in one week in middle of election campaign

University Hospital Waterford (UHW) has confirmed the cath lab will be taken offline again today, forcing patients from Waterford and the South East to travel to Cork if they require cardiac treatment or suffer a heart-attack.

The latest shutdown, following another on Wednesday, means the cath lab will have been shut down four days out of seven this week, meaning there will be no emergency care in the region until next Monday at 9am if anyone in Waterford or the South East region suffers a heart attack.

The latest shutdown comes as election candidates campaign across the constituency and the region.

Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath vented his disgust at the situation, describing people living in the South East as ‘second class citizen’ in the eyes of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

“Events like this highlight just how meaningless this Government’s commitment to maintaining and expanding the cath lab service at UHW really is,” he said.

The South/South West Hospital Group responsible for the management of UWH, said the latest closure of the cath lab is down to “interventional services”.

A spokesperson told “The Cath Lab in University Hospital Waterford has been taken offline for interventional service today Friday. As with any downtime of the Cath Lab, all relevant stakeholders have been notified and plans are in place to safely manage patients. The Diagnostic Service is continuing as normal.”


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