Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
16th September 2019
€2.6m in Sláintecare funding for Galway projects – Naughton
More than €2.6 million has been allocated for new healthcare initiatives in Galway, which will benefit patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s and osteoarthritis. The funding has been approved under the Government’s Sláintecare strategy.
Fine Gael TD for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton, who was a member of the Oireachtas committee that devised Sláintecare, said the investment was part of a strategy to deliver more and better healthcare in the community setting.
Among the projects to receive funding under the scheme in Galway is €74,026 for an education programme for newly diagnosed diabetes patients, which will be delivered by specialist dieticians and nurses.
A further €112,053 will be provided for the treatment of osteoarthritic knees in the primary care environment, shifting the emphasis away from the acute hospital setting, and thereby freeing up much-needed beds.
“These projects are examples of a move that is taking place to move more and better care into the community,” explained Deputy Naughton. “This will lead to improvements for patients with chronic conditions, as well as supporting older people to remain in their own homes.
“That was a key tenet of the Sláintecare strategy that we devised at the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, and is part of a broader initiative to transform our health service to meet the needs and expectations of this and future generations,” she added.
Funding of €72,000 has also been approved for a telemedicine project for patients with Cystic Fibrosis, along with €312,000 for a new urology project that will see advanced nurse practitioners reviewing patients on consultants’ waiting lists.
A new community cardiac diagnostic service at Galway University Hospital (GUH) will receive €146,892 under the scheme, while €61,653 has been allocated for a new befriending initiative for patients of Western Alzheimer’s.
Some €163,742 will also be used to support a community integration project that will see more mental health patients recover in their communities rather than in a hospital setting.
“Sláintecare is the first cross-party, long-term health strategy in the history of the state. It is ambitious in its scope and goals, and will take time to implement in its entirety,” said Deputy Naughton. “However, this Government’s commitment to the strategy has been clear to see, and this is another important step towards the overall goals.”
A total of 122 projects across the country will receive funding of €20 million under the Sláintecare Integration Fund. More than €2.6 million of this has been allocated for projects located in Galway.
Minister for Health Simon Harris said: “These projects show how joined-up thinking and working in partnership can help us reach Sláintecare’s goals of shifting the majority of care to the community, reducing waiting lists and improving experiences for patients and staff across the health and social care service in Ireland.”