€15m boost for kidney services
A €14.5M phased investment programme will allow Beaumont Hospital in Dublin to carry out more kidney transplants and provide additional dialysis services.
Health Minister James Reilly said the funding would create 30 jobs as part of a joint programme with Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.
The investment includes €8.5m to expand the programme where living donors can donate a kidney. The aim is to carry out 250 kidney transplants a year, up from the 163 last year.
Around €6m is being invested for a 34-stationed outpatient renal dialysis unit, which will allow a 55pc expansion of the service.
Mr Reilly said the expansion will lead to a fall in waiting-list times and a reduction in the need for long-term dialysis. The knock-on effect will be savings of €250m over 10 years.
He also announced a new website, www.beaumontkidneycentre.ie, where kidney donors can find out more about what is involved.
Professor Peter Conlon, a consultant nephrologist, said: "Kidney transplantation more than doubles their life expectancy compared to remaining on dialysis."