WAITING times for all patients, particularly children, have been significantly cut at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny, local Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan, has confirmed. The numbers waiting on orthopaedic procedures at Kilcreene has also been significantly cut, new data shows.
“While nobody should be left waiting for impatient or day case procedures in any hospital, St Luke’s and Kilcreene have both faired particularly well when it comes to reducing their backlog,” the 34 year-old TD said.
“The data compares waiting times from February 2011 to last month (February 2013) and shows that the number waiting three months or less at St Luke’s is down 34%, from 484 to 319 people. The number waiting up to six months is down from 216 to 48, a fall of 78% and the number waiting up to nine months to be seen is down from 90 to 12, that’s a dip of 87%. At St Luke’s, the numbers waiting for up to 12 months fell from 48 to 1 over the period, a fall of 98%.
“We all know how traumatic it can be to be waiting for an appointment for a child and the figures from St Luke’s auger well. The number of children on the waiting list who are waiting for up to three months fell from 4 to 2, a cut of 50%. The numbers waiting for up to 6 months fell from 3 to none, that’s a dip of 100 per cent.”
The figures from Kilcreene are also better. They show that the numbers waiting for over three months are down from 246 to 57, a fall of 77%. The number waiting up to 6 months fell from 78 to 10 over the period examined, a cut of 68%. The number waiting for 9 months fell from 39 to 1, a fall of 97% and while 9 patients were waiting up to a year to be seen in February 2011, there were no patients waiting such a period last month, a 100 per cent improvement.
Nationally, there are 35 hospitals with data available for both the end of February 2013 and the end of February 2011. 1,925 patients were waiting longer than a year for an inpatient or day case procedure in these hospitals at the end of February 2011.
396 patients were waiting this length of time at the end of February 2013. This waiting list has been reduced by 79%.