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.

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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Kilkenny CPR day a great success - Gallaimh. Brian Hogan and Tommy Walsh practice their skills while Adrian from Red Cross demonstrated 'reverse' firemans carry- mayor and local councillors also lend a hand. A big thank you to Red Cross units in The south east for attending. Kilkenny full of life today and this campaign means to ensure it and the other cities of the region remain that way. A big shout out to Dr. Paddy Condon who also attended the Viking Marathon with Hand On Heart volunteers before the 25 minute blue light drive to Kilkenny. #gaa #irfu #hefse.com #leovaradkar. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hand On Heart in Kilkenny today creating regional awareness of SE cardiac situation. A big shout out to Mick Galway, Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Irish Heart,Kilkenny camogie, Irish Red Cross, Sepag and 24/7 cardiac care for south east. So badly needed! ... See MoreSee Less

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Despite the tragic events of last weekend the South East is again heading into another weekend without any resolution of the 24/7 cardiac care issue. Many people in the region with health issues and even some without, are in a state of distress as they consider what if any options exist for them in the event of a possible cardiac emergency. There is only one option that addresses the existing health discrimination that exists in the South East region since 2012 - that is the immediate resourcing and implementation of a 2nd Cath Lab at UHW with all requisite supporting medical and clinical personnel to allow it provide a 24/7 cardiac care service for South East citizens. Anything and everything outside of that being proposed is proof as if proof were needed that lives in the South East are politically, socially and morally expendable. Everything outside of granting immediate 24/7 service is Political Posturing - Nothing more, Nothing less! ... 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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