Wednesday, April 07, 2021

A new Ophthalmology Theatre, which will deal with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the eye, is to be developed at University Hospital Waterford (UHW)

Minister for Mental Health & Older People, Mary Butler (FF) confirmed the development on Tuesday last, March 30.

“I am delighted to confirm that my Department has issued approval for a new Ophthalmology Theatre in the shelled-out area on Level 2 at UHW,” she said. “This important project has been included in the Health Service’s 2021 Capital Programme and has been granted a Capital Allocation in 2021.” The approved capital budget for the theatre is €1.64 million.

Minister Butler said this will fund all the capital costs associated with the project including, construction costs, design fees, equipment costs and other costs associated with the development.

Minister Butler also spoke to the significance of this news for older people in Waterford and the South East.

“As Minister for Older People, I am acutely aware of the importance of ophthalmology facilities and services to our older people and how significantly the quality of life for an elderly person can improve due to cataract and other important procedures,” she said.

“I know how vital such a procedure is to an older person in enhancing their everyday life, so I am delighted to now be in the position of Minister for State with this responsibility and to welcome the progress this vital Ophthalmology facility will make in tackling high waiting lists.”

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