Mayor Lawlor says dialysis unit on way
MAYOR Cllr. George Lawlor says that Wexford's satellite dialysis unit is well on the way to being delivered.
'The impression given by recent comments is that nothing was being done with regard to a dialysis unit for Wexford, however this is far from the truth,' said Cllr. Lawlor.
He said much was being done in the background to ensure that dialysis patients in the county will be in a position to avail of this service closer to home.
'Dialysis patients in Wexford have, for decades, been forced to travel long distances for their treatment.
'I know that Minister Howlin has prioritised this as an issue that needs to be resolved for the people involved,' said.
Richard Dooley, HSE General Manager of South East Acute Services said earlier this year that the procurement process has commenced and expressions of interest have been received.
An Expert Group of Clinicians and Technical participants is working up documentation for the tender process.
Cllr. Lawlor said it had been suggested by Cllr. Ger Carthy that the unit may be located on the site of the old A&E however a hospital location may not necessarily need to be the case.
'This unit can be a stand alone one without the need to be attached to an acute hospital. A stand alone unit away from the hospital would also reduce the risk of infection,' said the mayor.