737. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied that ophthalmological services at the Mater hospital are sufficiently resourced to cope with the demands on the service; if his attention has been drawn to the lengthy waiting times for ophthalmic treatment at the hospital and the risk of persons losing their sight as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35236/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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752. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Health if he will consider opening an outreach clinic in County Cork for a metabolic doctor and a paediatric gastroenterologist (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35277/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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784. Deputy Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the completion of a development control plan or master plan for South Tipperary General Hospital; if he will forward a copy of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35343/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 784 and 785 together.
The Master Plan for South Tipperary General Hospital will provide for the orderly development of the campus. The HSE has advised that the Master Plan has been drafted and is currently being reviewed by the South/South West Hospital Group. In relation to the review of capacity at South Tipperary General Hospital, the HSE has advised that a significant amount of work has now taken place and a draft ...

785. Deputy Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Health if he will make available a copy of the bed capacity study for South Tipperary General Hospital recently carried out by an official of the South/South West hospital group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35344/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 784 and 785 together.
The Master Plan for South Tipperary General Hospital will provide for the orderly development of the campus. The HSE has advised that the Master Plan has been drafted and is currently being reviewed by the South/South West Hospital Group. In relation to the review of capacity at South Tipperary General Hospital, the HSE has advised that a significant amount of work has now taken place and a draft ...

977. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the prevalence of endometriosis here and across the European Union, if known; the extent of knowledge and the skills set regarding endometriosis among consultants here; the location of same; the way in which treatment for the disease here compares with the excision surgery performed by a professor (details supplied) in Austria; his plans to train and upskill specialists here regarding same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35968/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to this particular query, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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983. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health his plans to address an issue (details supplied); if he will ensure appropriate access to this essential service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35999/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Based upon this country’s population, only a limited number of primary PCI centres can be operated in order to ensure that the services provided achieve the required standards. Where primary PCI cannot be delivered within an acceptable timeframe, thrombolysis is recommended with early transfer to a primary PCI centre for angiography. 
As Minister for Health, my aim is to ensure that as many patients as possible have access on a 24/7 basis to safe and ...

1001. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the details of a service (details supplied); his plans to increase funding in this area to provide more places nationally and particular in counties Cavan, Monaghan and Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36105/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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1009. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Health his plans for retaining the Woodville specialist dementia care unit at St Joseph’s hospital Stranorlar, County Donegal; his further plans for restoring staff numbers at the unit and improvements for the specialist dementia unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36124/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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1049. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health when full bed capacity will be restored at a hospital (details supplied), in view of the critical importance of this facility for persons throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36266/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) provides specialist rehabilitation services (inpatient, outpatient and day-patient services) to patients with complex needs, who have acquired a physical or cognitive disability as a result of an accident, illness or injury and require specialist medical rehabilitation services. The Government recognises the excellent rehabilitation programme which the National Rehabilitation Hospit...

1075. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of haemodialysis patients treated in acute hospitals during the first six months of 2017. (Question 36381/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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1081. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the acute hospitals that have a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, outreach programme. (Question 36387/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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1149. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the theatre capacity for Cappagh hospital; his views on the utilisation of this capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36643/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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1157. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health if he will investigate a situation which occurred in St. James’s Hospital (details supplied). (Question 36679/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. I have also asked the HSE for a report to be submitted to me on this matter.
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482. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health to set out the number of patients outsourced; the procedures for which the patients were outsourced; and the location to which patients were outsourced to from 2009 to present from Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. (Question 33607/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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484. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health to set out the waiting times for each hospital department from 2009 to present for Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. (Question 33609/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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485. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health to set out the number of emergency department attendances from 2009 to date for Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. (Question 33610/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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493. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health the number of theatres and the number operational at Connolly hospital, Blanchardstown from 2009 to date. (Question 33618/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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540. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the HSE’s plans to invest and upgrade the boiler house and the laundry at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, in view of the near completion of the extension at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33754/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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686. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of public or voluntary hospitals that carry out MRI scans; and the number of persons waiting as of 1 July 2017 or the nearest available date for such a procedure at each of the hospitals in waiting periods of less than three months, three months to six months, six months to nine months, nine months to 12 months and more than 12 months. (Question 33962/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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687. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the public or voluntary hospitals that carry out CT scans; and the number of persons waiting as of 1 July 2017 or the nearest available date for such a procedure at each of the hospitals in waiting periods of less than three months, three months to six months, six months to nine months, nine months to 12 months and more than 12 months. (Question 33963/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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688. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of public or voluntary hospitals that carry out bone scans; and the number of persons waiting as of 1 July 2017 or the nearest available date for such a procedure at each of the hospitals in the waiting periods of less than three months, three months to six months, six months to nine months, nine months to 12 months and more than 12 months. (Question 33964/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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689. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of public or voluntary hospitals that carry out angiogram; and the number of persons waiting as of 1 July 2017 or the nearest available date for such a procedure at each of the hospitals in the waiting periods of less than three months, three months to six months, six months to nine months, nine months to 12 months and more than 12 months. (Question 33965/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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914. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 432 of 18 October 2016, 339 of 6 December 2016, and 496 of 21 of February 2017 when the national steering group established by him to develop policy on a major trauma system for Ireland will publish its first report; if the group visited St Luke’s hospital to assess its current services; the status of the group’s recommendations specifically in respect of St Luke’s Hospital, County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34659/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The primary aim of developing a Trauma Policy will be to improve patient outcomes and lead to a reduction in preventable death and disability The future trauma system will build on the strengths of pre-hospital care, all of our acute hospitals and post-acute care and will require hospitals to work together to provide an optimal configuration of trauma services.
The Steering Group has engaged with the Department of Health, the HSE and all relevant HSE Na...

314. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his views on whether the south east region is the only region nationally without a 24/7 cardiac care service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33278/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 314 and 316 together.
Primary PCI is recognised internationally as the preferred treatment of STEMI in terms of morbidity and mortality outcomes. Highly specialised services such as primary PCI need to be carried out in a small number of hospitals, where the volume of patients supports the provision of a safe service. Low volume services do not facilitate the ongoing and sustainable achievement of the patient outcomes ...

315. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health his views on whether in multiple worldwide clinical assessments primary emergency coronary angioplasty and stenting for ST elevated heart attack has been demonstrated to only be effective if carried out soon after the first presentation of symptoms of heart attack, as after 90 minutes the benefits of primary PCI are negligible as heart muscle starved of oxygen and blood supply has already died and is not replaceable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33279/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a matter relating to the clinical management of myocardial infarction, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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