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HSE requests Coombe to increase cytopathology and HPV workload

The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, received a request last year from the HSE to increase its cytopathology workload and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, this newspaper understands.

The request was made by the Executive to the hospital last year and was discussed by the Coombe’s board in September. Minutes of the meeting have been seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request.

The minutes record that the “Master updated the members with regard to the HSE request for the hospital to increase its cytopathology workload and also in relation to HPV testing”.

The minutes also noted that unspecified action was to be taken by the hospital management in relation to both these issues.

Asked for information regarding the current workload in this area and whether the hospital had agreed to an increase, a hospital spokesperson told MI that “these are ongoing matters that are under the consideration of the board and the executive management”.

The same meeting in September heard members of the board discussing the “design of the proposed new ER [emergency room] facility at the front of the hospital”.

“It is now proposed to include the existing hospital foyer as part of the works… The design team was also considering the positioning of the hospital name.”

MI sought an update from the hospital on how the plan for the new ER facility is progressing, but its spokesperson provided no new information on the development.

The hospital has applied for planning permission to build the facility, it is understood.

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