It's hoped cath lab services will resume at Sligo University Hospital at the start of 2024 following a commitment from the Minister of health three months ago.
A privately run service ceased to operate at the North West Hospital in June, with patients diverted to University Hospital Galway for the medical procedure under a Consultant Cardiologist from SUH.
A Cath Lab is a specially designed theatre where tests and procedures regarding the heart and circulatory system take place.
In July, Minister Stephen Donnelley confirmed that the HSE would be increasing the number of cardiologists at the hospital as well as installing a new cardiac scanner which can replace the majority of functions carried out by the previous service
Local TDs had campaigned for the resumption of services at SUH, with negotiations reaching the resolution earlier this year.
A new 42 bed block planned to open in 2024 at the hospital will hold a dedicated cardiology unit hosting an expanded team of cardiologists, with the recruitment process now underway.
Sligo/Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry is confident the issue is a priority for the HSE following assurances from the Taoiseach and the Minister for Heatlh:
As far as I am aware, the cardiologist recruitment is underway.
Obviously the 5 storey block i referred to is set for the 1st of January 2024.
The provision of the scanner,one would hope, that it would be between now and then.
Obviously I have no direct involvement in the day to day recruitment operations of the HSE.
But sanction has been received and assurances have been given to me from the Minister for Health and the Taoiseach.
No doubt that will filter down to Tony Canavan and the Saolta Hospital Group