Minister opens treatment centre for blood disorders

MINISTER for Health Dr James Reilly officially opened a new dedicated treatment centre at Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday which will deliver vast improvements in the quality of care for people with bleeding disorders.

Before the €430,000 haemophilia centre was developed, patients with the genetic blood disorder which impairs the body’s ability to control blood clotting were treated in CUH’s emergency department or were admitted to an in-patient bed. But since the new centre opened in March, these patients can be seen daily, if necessary, in the new facility.

Located on the ground floor of the hospital, it has four treatment rooms, an education and meeting room, office space, its own external entrance, and waiting area.

All the specialised staff including medical, nursing and administration are located on the one site.

“There are approximately 375 patients with bleeding disorders in the HSE South area and, since the centre opened, services have greatly improved,” CUH Group CEO Tony McNamara said.

“Staff can administer blood clotting factor replacement therapy to patients before they go for dental or other day-case surgical procedures, which avoids the need for in-patient admission.”

The centre provides a service to adults and children with bleeding disorders, including investigation, diagnosis and management at its outpatient review, treatment and genetic counselling clinics.

Professor John Bonnar, chairperson of the National Haemophilia Council, said he was delighted that people with bleeding disorders in the Cork region now have the appropriate facilities.

“This was a much needed requirement for the haemophilia community and will allow the standards of care which the National Haemophilia Council advises for the Cork region to be provided,” he said.

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