Minister for State John Halligan has confirmed this morning that the tender process for the Mobile Cath Lab has been complete and the is expected to arrive in University Hospital Waterford in early September.
“A meeting of the Product Evaluation Group was held at UHW last Friday with the one tenderer who applied”, Minister Halligan stated. “The procurement is now commencing with that applicant and it is anticipated that the mobile unit can be delivered to UHW by early September, with services to commence in mid September.
“As previously confirmed, this mobile lab will operate for five months and will cater for approximately 30 patients per week from the outpatient list. I understand around 30% of people who were offered an appointment in Cork for their Diagnostic Angiogram turned it down, for various personal reasons, so I want to reassure them that the mobile lab will completely clear the backlog at UHW whilst it is in place.
“Also, as previously confirmed, a second review into cardiac services in the region will take place and throughput at the mobile lab will be considered in the context of two cath labs operating concurrently at UHW. Consultants have assured me that the demand exists to have both labs in operation and I have no doubt that this will be reflected in the second review.
“I welcome cross party support for a second review, which I have stated from the outset is warranted and likely to overturn the findings of the Herity Report. This issue goes beyond politics and it is only by working collectively that politicians from all parties and none will succeed in this campaign.”