Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Sunday 10 December 2023 Dublin: 7°C
cath lab

Crowds gather at Waterford hospital after man dies while being transferred to Cork

A 40-year-old man from Waterford died while being transported in an ambulance to a hospital in Cork.

CROWDS HAVE BEEN gathering outside Waterford University Hospital this evening, to demand that a cath lab for the region be provided as a matter of urgency.

The calls for a cath lab, or cardiac unit, have been an ongoing issue in Waterford – and was an election promise given by Minister of State and local TD John Halligan.

The debate has flared up again this week after Thomas Power (40) died while being transported  in an ambulance from the Waterford hospital to Cork.

Although the space and equipment was available at the Waterford unit, a transfer was necessary due to staff shortages.

His family said that Thomas was “a healthy man”, so they weren’t initially too concerned. He was recently married and his wife is expecting a child.

Locals are gathering this evening in memory of Thomas, and to ask for the immediate resources to prevent this happening again.

The government promised to deliver on a mobile cath lab for Waterford before the end of the year.

Read: Family calls for improved cardiac services at Waterford after man dies during ambulance transfer

Read: Halligan urges Fianna Fáil to call election after his mobile cath lab deal criticised

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.