Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says that work is ongoing to secure the angiogram service at Letterkenny University Hospital.
In a statement Minister McConalogue said that work was ongoing to assess appropriate means for angiogram services to continue at LUH, after the announcement that the mobile cardiology unit currently there will be removed at the end of June.
He says that conversations with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the Saolta Group are ongoing, and that Saolta and LUH management are currently considering alternative options to continue angiogram services there.
Statement in full:
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue, has said that work is ongoing in assessing appropriate means by which the angiogram service in Letterkenny University Hospital can continue. This development follows recent news that the mobile cardiology service will no longer be provided by the company that has provided it from the end of June this year.
Minister McConalogue said “The angiogram service is really important for the people of Donegal and for the Northwest generally. There is a significant level of demand with over 300 people availing of this service annually. I have been liaising with Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly T.D. and with the Saolta Group and I know that Saolta and the LUH management are currently considering options.”
He continued “In the last couple of years a new radiological intervention suite was built, and the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital provided funding for a new cardiac cath lab. There is also a very strong cardiology team in LUH. This investment means there is a strong basis to continue the angiogram service.”
“I will continue to work with the HSE Health Forum Members Cllrs Ciaran Brogan and Gerry Crawford to advocate for a constructive solution to see the service retained” concluded the Minister.