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Arrival of Mobile Cath Lab welcome but much more needs to be done - Cullinane

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has welcomed the arrival of a mobile Cath Lab to University Hospital Waterford as a small step in addressing a lack of capacity in cardiac care in the region. However he said it is only a short term or sticking plaster solution to one part of the problem but does nothing to enhance emergency cover at UHW.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said: "I welcome the arrival of a mobile Cath Lab to University Hospital Waterford. It is a small step in addressing the waiting lists for planned cardiac work at the hospital. It will be in place for just over 20 weeks and will carry out diagnostic assessments.

"While this service will temporarily reduce wait times for planned work in reality it is a costly sticking plaster solution. It will do nothing to enhance emergency cardiac care at UHW. The current limited 9-5 Monday to Friday PPCI service will still remain.

"What the South East needs is a permanent second Cath Lab and full 24/7 emergency cover at UHW.

This will only happen when the Herity Report is taken off the table. A temporary mobile Cath Lab operating for 20 weeks is not the long term solution to capacity in cardiac care in the region."

The Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society lecture season for 2017 and 2018 commences on Friday 29th September with an illustrated lecture at 8 pm in the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick St. Waterford by Mr. Tony Gyves titled ‘Waterford district lunatic asylum 1834-1922’.

There is much contemporary discussion about the provision of mental health services in the community. In Ireland organised treatment for people suffering from mental illness was provided in a network of district lunatic asylums established in the early nineteenth century, these were effectively Ireland's first mental hospitals. The Waterford district lunatic asylum was opened in 1834 on a site on the edge of the city, surrounded by orchards, market gardens and farmland in Lower Grange. At the time of its establishment ten staff delivered care to 54 patients, or inmates as they were called, in a purpose-built modern facility. The original asylum building, designed by the leading architect Francis Johnston, still stands in the grounds of St. Otteran’s Hospital and is a protected structure.

Tony Gyves has researched the history of the Waterford district lunatic asylum from its opening to Independence in 1922 when a new system for administering mental health services was established in the Free State. In his talk Tony will describe the facilities in which the patients received treatment and the types of care they received in the asylum. His talk will also look at the evolution of medical practices and administrative systems for caring for the mentally ill in Waterford in the 19th century, and the people who were involved in delivering that care.

Mallow-born Tony Gyves started his career in health administration working for Cork County Council, this was followed by periods spent working in the Southern, Midland and South-Eastern Health Boards, before ending his career as a senior administrator in St. Otteran’s Hospital. His time spent working in St. Otteran’s stimulated an interest in the history of the place and in the little researched area of the provision of services to the mentally ill in 19th century Ireland. He was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Local History by University College Cork for his ground-breaking research on the history of the Waterford district lunatic asylum.

This lecture will appeal to anyone interested in the history of this well-known Waterford institution, the social history of the City and County in the 19th century and the development of medical services in Victorian Ireland. Admission to the lecture is €5, but is free for members of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. Details of the full programme of monthly lectures can be found on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/waterfordhistory/ . New members are always welcome, the membership application form can be downloaded from http://www.waterford-history.org.

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