Drop in number of people waiting 18 months for treatment in local hospitals

The number of people waiting more than 18 months for treatment at the four hospitals that serve the local region has fallen.

In November the figure was over 3,700, with it dropping to just over 3,500 (3,532) for December – according to the most recent release of National Treatment Purchase Fund figures.

Sligo University Hospital still has the highest number of patients awaiting treatment for more than a year and a half, at 1,491. In total, 13,519 people are awaiting treatment at that hospital. The number sat close to 16,600 the previous month.

Just under 11,500 people are on waiting lists in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda – a reduction on the last release. However the number waiting more than 18 months rose slightly to 690.

Elsewhere in the region, there are 700 fewer people awaiting treatment at Cavan General Hospital, at 6,900. 714 are waiting more than 18 months, down 17.

There was a similar reduction at Our Lady’s in Navan. 6,470 in December, down from almost 7,150. The number waiting treatment for more than a year and a half rose by 54.

Nationally, the number of patients awaiting treatment rose by 802 to over 516 thousand. The number waiting over 18 months also rose, by over 1500 to just under 90,000 (89,950).