Protest day organised over cardiac services in South-East

'Have A Heart’ protest day on February 10 in Waterford city...

Darren Hassett

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The three cardiac campaign groups in the South-East are combining to coordinate ‘Have A Heart’ protest day on February 10 in Waterford city.

Organisers are asking people to support the call on government to implement a second Cath Lab and 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford for the people of the South-East.

The protest is over cardiac services in the region and protest organisers are providing six facts to garner support for the protest day.

The first statement is that the “South-East is the only region nationally where the regional cardiac centre is closed to access after 5pm each weekday evening and entirely on weekends – ‘out of hours’ emergencies from the region therefore have to travel to centres in Dublin or Cork to receive critical cardiac care”.

While another statement added: “The single Cath Lab service at UHW means that if you arrive as an emergency admission from the region and there is an existing patient procedure ongoing in the Cath Lab someone has to wait - in either case one patients care is being compromised.”

Organisers added that the protest is “your opportunity to have any say in your regional cardiac care service”.