Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (234)

Colm Keaveney

Question:

236 Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will receive a pain clinic appointment in view of the chronic pain this person suffers. [34144/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

The Special Delivery Unit (SDU) is working to unblock access to acute services by improving the flow of patients through the system, and by streamlining waiting lists, including the management of referrals from GPs by hospitals. The SDU is working closely with its partner agencies — mainly the HSE and the NTPF.

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. Should the patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an urgent appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the consultant and hospital involved. The GP may also wish to consider referring the patient to the pain clinic in Galway University Hospital.