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Tuesday 25 June 2019

GAA legends lend their support to cardiac campaign

The GAA legends who took part in the Gaels with Tales night for Geraldine O’Hanrahan’s Coiste na nÓg in the Brandon House Hotel supporting the Hand on Heart campaign with Matt Shanahan
The GAA legends who took part in the Gaels with Tales night for Geraldine O’Hanrahan’s Coiste na nÓg in the Brandon House Hotel supporting the Hand on Heart campaign with Matt Shanahan

David Looby

Some of the area's top sports stars lent their support to a campaign to get a second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford.

Health Equality For the South East (Hand On Heart) were invited to speak on the south east cardiac issue at the Geraldine O Hanrahan's GAA club's Gaels with Tales fundraiser.

Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald was a key note speaker before he had to leave to attend the RTE Late Late Toy show.

Among those giving support to the event were hurling greats Ken McGrath, Davy Fitzgerald, Richie Power, Martin Storey, Tom Dempsey and camogie All Star Ursula Jacob.

Also in attendance was referee Dickie Murphy and present Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning.

Representing HEFSE Wexford was Liam Spratt, accompanied by Matt Shanahan PRO who addressed attendees on the south east cardiac service issues.

The large crowd in attendance were encouraged to get behind the 'stenting not renting' HEFSE initiative which is calling for the immediate appointment of an interventional cardiologist to begin stenting procedures in the UK contract cath lab now on-site at UHW.

This activity would immediately reduce the longest 'cardiac stenting list' in the country with patients forced to wait more than six months to access procedures supposed to be completed within four to six weeks maximum.

HEFSE PRO Matt Shanahan said: 'The national clinical standards to treat all elective south east cardiac cath lab cases can be met at UHW with this one additional appointment and a resourcing budget, yet to date none of our Oireachtas members has pushed for this necessary service expansion!'

HEFSE attended a Wexford soccer event earlier that week and recruited the support of Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle, as well as legendary boxer and USA boxing coach Billy Walshe.

Matt said the HEFSE has other initiatives building over December to further highlight this initiative.

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