Elective Surgery Figures in Louth

“I am greatly concerned at the wait times for surgery in Louth County and Our Lady of Lourdes hospitals in Louth. They indicate that patients, after being referred by a GP and then assessed in an appointment at the hospitals then faces a long wait for the actual surgery to be carried out.

In 2015 19,408 elective surgeries were carried out between the two hospitals. 10,534 were in Louth County Hospital in Dundalk. This is in spite of regular cancellations of surgery due to unavailable beds and overcrowding.
I meet sick people on a regular basis who are anxious about the long wait they have for their operations. After assessment, patients can wait 12 months for general surgery in Drogheda and nearly 15 months for Ear Nose Throat or Urology operations in that same hospital. It is extremely worrying that children also face long waits of a year for general and 6 months for Ear Nose Throat. Paediatric operations are not carried out in Dundalk.
Louth County Hospital in Dundalk, a hospital with no A&E or ICU since 2010, carries out more operations than the Lourdes and patients have a shorter wait time.
“Sick patients waiting for operations will inevitably get sicker and present at A&E in drogheda with acute needs. It is a false economy to leave patients on waiting lists. I am calling on any incoming government to make it a priority of the HSE to clear the waiting lists in our hospitals and ensure that all patients receive the care they need promptly.” Clr Tomas Sharkey.
ENDS.
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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital – Average Wait Time for Day Case Adults

General Surgery

8-12 months

Gynaecology

0-5 months

Ear Nose Throat

12-15 months

Urology

10-15 months

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital – Average Wait Time per Day Case Paediatrics

General Surgery

8-12 months

Ear Nose Throat

3-6 months

 

 

Louth County Hospital – Adult Average Wait Time for Day Case Surgery

General Surgery

3-6 months

Gynaecology

3-6 months

Ophthalmology

6-8 months

Ear Nose Throat

0-3 months

Urology

6-8 months

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