Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford Mary Butler has today received further confirmation that a modular cath lab will be provided at University Hospital Waterford.

Deputy Butler made the comments after receiving written confirmation from Minister for Health Simon Harris that the modular cath lab will provide both diagnostic and cardiac intervention care at UHW.

Deputy Butler said, “I’ve always maintained that we need to have a 24 / 7 cath lab at UHW which can provide both diagnostic and cardiac intervention care at UHW. It’s a vital service for the south-east and the Government needs to ensure that it is delivered.

“Current waiting lists at UHW for diagnostic cardiac procedures are at an all-time high. Combined efforts by Oireachtas members in Waterford and the South East have impressed upon the Minister the need to find a solution to these waiting lists and to provide a greater level of cover outside of the normal operating hours of the hospital’s existing cardiac care unit.

“The Consultants based at UHW feel this proposed modular unit would greatly enhance the cardiac services they could offer to the public having one elective and one non elective lab.

“This current mobile lab will remain in place while tendering and project design will be carried out by the Department of Health. The finance for the new modular lab will be ring fenced in the 2019 budget according to Minister Halligan. This is something which I will be monitoring closely to ensure this commitment is delivered on.

“This is certainly a step in the right direction, it’s not 24/7 however it is the next step in expanding the current service. The current capacity demand mismatch cannot continue. Working with my Waterford Oireachtas colleagues in a constructive way has been a positive step to ensure the delivery of this vital unit. We will continue to work together to ensure that it is delivered.”