Local Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that the rumours currently circulating that the mobile Cath Lab currently at UHW is being removed and replaced by a modular lab are untrue.

“I have been in touch with the South/South West Hospital Group, and they have informed me that the lab in situ at present is being replaced for servicing but that it will return to normal.

“We all want the modular lab to be set up as quickly as possible, but it will not be happening this month. Anyone claiming otherwise is misinformed and is causing confusion among the general population.

“The Group informed me that “InHealth, the company providing the Mobile Cath Lab service to UHW is removing the Cath Lab Unit currently in use in UHW for servicing on the 17th of August. A replacement unit is being provided by the company on the same day.”

“It seems to me there are many in the city and county who will jump on each and every rumour in an effort to cause more confusion.

“The Hospital Group has assured me that while there will be two weeks where the service is not available, it will be back up and running by Monday 3rd September 2018.

“I am calling on all campaign groups to work with Waterford’s Oireachtas members to deliver the modular lab with a view to having a full time 24/7 2nd Cath Lab at University Hospital Water.

“Waterford Fianna Fáil Councillors and I recently submitted a detailed, evidence based submission on the provision of such a service. This is how we will win the services the people of Waterford and the wider South East region need. It sometimes doesn’t deliver the same headlines, but it’s the right and responsible way of doing what is needed,” concluded Butler.