Thursday 21 September 2017

Patients are waiting up to 15 months for heart bypass

The waiting time for heart bypasses could be endangering lives
The waiting time for heart bypasses could be endangering lives
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Patients are now waiting up to 15 months for a heart bypass in the country's specialist cardiac hospital, it emerged yesterday.

The delays in life-saving surgery are posing a grave danger to very ill heart patients, warned Dublin West councillor Jack Chambers (FF) who obtained the figures at the HSE's Regional Health Forum.

Mr Chambers, who is himself a doctor, said: "There is absolutely no doubt that some patients who are in need of a heart bypass will die if they are expected to wait 15 months for this life-saving surgery. These are very ill patients whose cases have been deemed by doctors as serious enough to require surgery, as stents and other interventions will not work. They do not have over a year to wait."

In response, a spokesman for the hospital said that it ensured that the range of services it provided was continually assessed and that patients were prioritised based on clinical need and assessment.

He said: "If the case is an emergency, the clinical team will prioritise it based on clinical need. All available capacity is being utilised within the current resources available."

Irish Independent

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