Press Release

Minister Callely launches “Donegal Area Rapid Treatment Study”

Mr Ivor Callely, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (17 September 2003) launched the “Donegal Area Rapid Treatment Study” at the Irish College of General Practitioners.

The aim of this prospective study is to determine the feasibility of the administration of domiciliary thrombolysis by general practitioners and the benefit of ECG telemetry in the management of patients with chest pain. The Study shows that pre-hospital thrombolysis can be administered safely and effectively by rural general practitioners. It shows that even those patients living far from the acute hospital can receive appropriate care and attention in less than 90 minutes.

“In the case of this particular study the achieveable time for the administration of thrombolysis was 62 minutes which is to be commended” the Minister stated.

The Minister went on to say that the Study highlights the enthusiasm and support for the administration of thrombolysis by general practitioners and hospital staff. He added: “This is a clear example of the benefits of enhancing the primary care/secondary care interface in line with developments in pre-hospital emergency care nationally”.