Woman who suffered heart attack taken 130km to Cork amidst calls for 24/7 cardiac care in South East

She was working in University Hospital Waterford in the evening time and had to be transported to Cork

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A local councillor says a woman who suffered a heart attack - who was working in University Hospital Waterford in the evening time - had to be transported to Cork due to the lack of 24/7 emergency cardiac care.

At a recent meeting of Piltown Municipal District, Cllr Eamon Aylward said the person known to him was working in the hospital at the time of the incident.

He said: “The services to treat a heart attack at the hospital were closed and she had to be transported to Cork.”

Cllr Pat Dunphy said: “Travelling eighty miles after getting a heart attack is not good enough. The South-East needs to have 24/7 cardiac care.”

Cllr Ger Frisby added: “It’s people’s lives you’re dealing with.”

The comments come as 2,000 people took part in a protest in Waterford city earlier this month over the lack of 24/7 cardiac care at UHW.

Speaking at the protest on Saturday February 10, campaigner for 24-hour cardiac care in the South-East Hilary O’Neill said: “We are standing in our regional hospital grounds. In there you will find a cath lab. A cath lab that is now closed until 9 o’clock on Monday morning.

“Isn’t it shameful to say if anybody here has a heart attack right now they cannot get the treatment they need to save their life in this regional hospital.

"They would have to be put into the back of an ambulance and carted off to Cork not knowing whether they will get there alive or dead.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Fidelis Doherty said: “We as citizens are entitled to 24/7 cardiac care.”

The members present at the Piltown meeting agreed to write to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to try and get the matter resolved and to see would he be agreeable to a meeting on the issue.