We are HEFSE

We represent the children, adults, citizens of this region, of this republic:

  • We are taxpayers and contributors to the national exchequer.
  • We demand equal rights to healthcare access as is afforded to every other region of this country.
  • We are standing up for our rights to equal access to basic healthcare, which is afforded to the rest of the country.

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Use of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 in past days to transfer a heart attack patient

The use of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 in past days to transfer a heart attack patient from University Hospital Waterford  to Cork University Hospital yet again demonstrates the need for a 24/7 Cardiac service in the South East region. The transfer times alone are far in excess of the clinical standard given the need for aircraft re-tasking and the requirement to access non hospital campus landing sites due to the aircraft size – this contributes to excessive treatment delay and sub optimal health outcomes. The contracted Coast Guard helicopter service (5 Sikorsky S-92’s) costs the state 68 million euro […]

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Why the people of the southeast are being put at risk

The Cardiac Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) serves over 500,000 people across the southeast but only operates Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm. All other regions in the country have 24/7 cardiac cover and Cath Lab access. Patients in the southeast who suffer heart attacks after 5pm cannot access a Cath Lab in UHW or anywhere else within the 90 minute recommended window.

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HSFSE – ‘Health Equality for the South East’ Needs Help

We are asking you to support:

  • Our right to receive equitable healthcare.
  • Our right to receive full regional health services at UHW.
  • Our right to timely treatment for citizens suffering a heart attack in the southeast.
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Recent rumblings in a Slainte Care document discussing a possible realignment of South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) to the UL Hospital Group should rightly cause concern despite the protestations of the sitting Minister. The idea that Dail legislation would be required to allow it move from its present base is questionable considering Hospital Groups existing configuration has not been placed legislatively as yet! Indeed the original Higgins recommendations underpinning groups always allowed for the movement of individual hospitals prior to enabling legislation to create future designated 'hospital trusts'. The curtailed resourcing at STGH is not as a result of its inclusion in the Southwest Hospital Group but rather because of the lack of dedicated capital resourcing given to the hospital by Southwest Hospital Group management, in other words the HSE and Department of Health. This is hardly a surprising development given the fact that that the South West Hospital Group has had no Board of Governance to lobby for or represent the interests of the smaller hospitals within the structure and the CEO developing group strategy is a direct HSE appointment and employee. When senior managers within the Department of Health's HSE Acute Care Division stop allocating resources based on political influence and return to resourcing based on patient need, then hospitals like South Tipperary General and the other acute hospitals of the Southeast might get a fair share of available budgets. Until then, all we will get from this healthcare administration is more inaction, more kite flying and more spin, as if we haven't had enough already! ... See MoreSee Less

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Health Minister signals choppy waters ahead after 'think in' as he suggests a 10 year plan to fix healthcare in Ireland on Mary Wilson's Drivetime show on RTÉ today. 'Up the creek without a paddle' springs to mind or is it 'I'm alright Jack, Pull up the ladder'!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Catheterisation Labs (cath labs) are facilities in which these services are delivered

  • Diagnostic coronary angiograms
  • Percutaneous coronary interventions (stents)
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Defibrillator implants
  • Loop Recorder & Pacemaker Interrogation
  • Balloon valvuloplasty for narrowed heart valves
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