More than 43,000 patients left waiting for treatment in Limerick

Fintan Walsh

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More than 43,000 patients left waiting for treatment in Limerick

According to figures published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund, there were 43,195 patients waiting for treatment and appointments in Limerick at the end of March

WAITING list figures in Limerick’s acute hospitals have hit an all-time high, new monthly reports reveal.

According to figures published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund, there were 43,195 patients waiting for treatment and appointments at the end of March.

The reports also show that 31.5% of the waiting list is made up of those waiting for longer than a year for treatment and appointments.

There were 2,729 patients at University Hospital Limerick waiting for treatment, an increase on February figures when there were 2,694 people waiting.

UHL saw a significant rise on the outpatient waiting list, with a total of 39,158 people waiting for appointments. In February, there were 38,417 people on the outpatient waiting list.

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, which has been taking on Ennis outpatients since early this year, had 274 inpatients and 7,275 outpatients on a waiting list. This was a marginal increase on the 260 inpatients and 7,151 outpatients waiting the previous month.

St John’s Hospital saw a slight decrease in outpatients, with a reduction of six people on a waiting list, bringing the total to 1,068.

There was a minimal jump in inpatient numbers at St John’s, with 1,034 patients on a waiting list, in comparison to February figures when there were 1,016 patients on a waiting list.

Among the three acute hospitals, there was a massive total of 12,639 patients on a waiting list for more than 12 months, the vast majority of which were waiting for more than 18 months.

Croom was the only hospital to have no patient waiting for more than 12 months for treatment. St John’s Hospital had just two inpatients and one outpatient waiting for more than 18 months.

There were 7,069 patients waiting for more than 18 months among the three hospitals; 4,729 at University Hospital Limerick and 2,339 at Croom.

A spokesperson recently told The Limerick Leader that the rising numbers at Croom were down to increase in urgent referrals and a shortage of consultants in some specialities. 

The UL Hospitals Group has advertised for two orthopaedic consultants.