Dáil Éireann - Volume 304 - 15 March, 1978

Written Answers. - Out-patient Treatment.

307. Mrs. Burke asked the Minister [1636] for Health if he will state in respect of each specialist service, the average waiting time a patient must undergo prior to receiving out-patient treatment in each of the counties in the Western Health Board area.

308. Mr. Leyden asked the Minister for Health the number of out-patients on the waiting list for clinics in Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon; and if this information will be supplied by the Western Health Board to Roscommon local health committee.

309. Mr. Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of patients in each specialty on the waiting list for hospital out-patient clinics in Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon; and the number on the waiting list at the same time last year.

Minister for Health (Mr. Haughey): It is proposed, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 307 to 309, inclusive, together.

Number of patients currently on waiting list for out-patient clinics and average waiting time.

Specialist Service

Galway

Mayo

Roscommon

Medicine

71

155

37

3 months

5 months

3 months

Surgery

791

460

19

12 months

12 months

1 month

Dermatology

40

40

No waiting List

1 month

3 months

Nephrology

120

3

Referred to Galway Clinics

2 months

1 week

Urology

194

82

Referred to Galway Clinics

5 months

12 months

Rheumatology

151

41

Referred to Galway Clinics

12 months

15 months

Paediatric

55

246

77

2.5 months

24 months

4 months

ENT

83

825

No waiting list

6 weeks

31 months

Ante-Natal

100

20

No waiting list

2 weeks

2 weeks

Gynaecology

12

21

15

2 weeks

2 weeks

3 months

Orthopaedics

821

1,646

638

12 months

30 months

20 months

Thoracic

131

Referred to Galway Clinics

Referred to Galway Clinics

4 weeks

[1637][1638]Ophthalmology

346

Not available

1,152

13 months

Not available

Children 3 months Adults 20 months

Cardiology

148

Referred to Galway Clinics

Referred to Galway Clinics

3 months

Neurology

98

Referred to Galway Clinics

Referred to Galway Clinics

10 months

Respiratory

317

Referred to Galway Clinics

Referred to Galway Clinics

2 months

Urgent cases do not have to wait for the periods specified above but are dealt with as soon as possible depending on the degree of urgency. The following developments will improve the situation in the specialties referred to:—

Paediatrics: The Western Health Board, after a number of unsuccessful competitions, have recently appointed a paediatrician for Castlebar General Hospital who will take up duty on 1 July 1978.

ENT: An additional ENT surgeon has recently been appointed to Galway Regional Hospital and as from 1 February 1978 four additional out-patient clinics per month are being provided at Castlebar General Hospital.

Orthopaedics: At present orthopaedic surgeons from Merlin Park Hospital, Galway provide out-patient clinics in the North-Western Health Board area. The North Western Health Board is in process of recruiting two orthopaedic surgeons to provide services in the board's area. These appointments will enable the orthopaedic surgeons employed by the Western Health Board to concentrate on services for the board's area.

The provision of information to Roscommon local health committee would be a matter for the Western Health Board.

The information in respect of last year is not yet available but I will forward it to Deputy Doherty as soon as possible. I will also forward the figures for ophthalmology in respect of County Mayo to the Deputies shortly.