Tuesday, 5 March 2013

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

589. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if he will supply, in tabular form, the number of persons waiting for colonoscopies in each hospital for less than three months, more than three and less than six months, more than six and less than nine months, more than nine and less than 12 months, and greater than 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11638/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As set out in the HSE's Service Plan for 2013, targets are that no person should have to wait more than four weeks for an urgent colonoscopy and no person should have to wait more than 13 weeks for routine GI endoscopy (that is either a colonoscopy or gastroscopy) once placed on a hospital daycase waiting list. By the end of 2012, the number of patients waiting over 13 weeks for a routine endoscopy procedure had fallen by 99%, from 4,590 in December 2011 to 36 at the end of December 2012, while the HSE's December Performance Report showed no-one waiting more than four weeks for urgent colonoscopy. While 2013 will of course be challenging, the targets remain in place and the SDU will continue to work to maintain the improvements shown to date. The following table shows the latest monthly figures for national waiting list data on colonoscopies.

National Colonoscopy Waiting List – January 2013

Time Category

Name

0 to 3

3 to 6

6 to 9

9 to 12

Over 12

Total

Beaumont Hospital

232

1

0

0

0

233

Cavan Monaghan Hospital Group

166

22

0

0

0

188

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown

187

0

1

0

0

188

Cork University Hospital

61

7

0

0

2

70

Galway University Hospital

327

3

1

1

1

333

Kerry General Hospital

140

18

1

1

1

161

Letterkenny General Hospital

56

0

0

0

0

56

Louth County Hospital

152

31

2

1

0

186

Mallow General Hospital

1

0

0

0

0

1

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

31

0

0

0

0

31

Mayo General Hospital

12

0

0

0

0

12

Mercy University Hospital

97

13

0

0

2

112

Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar

58

4

0

0

0

62

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

34

0

0

0

0

34

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

105

26

0

0

0

131

Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle

113

0

1

0

0

114

Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis

75

0

0

0

0

75

Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Nenagh

95

2

0

0

0

97

Naas General Hospital

127

32

5

1

0

165

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

126

14

5

0

1

146

Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin

5

0

0

0

0

5

Our Lady's Hospital, Navan

54

12

0

0

0

66

Portiuncula Hospital

6

0

0

0

0

6

Roscommon Hospital

4

0

1

0

0

5

Sligo Regional Hospital

174

11

0

0

0

185

South Infirmary - Victoria University Hospital

13

0

0

0

0

13

South Tipperary General Hospital

94

1

0

0

0

95

St. Columcille's Hospital

1

0

0

0

0

1

St. James's Hospital

324

1

0

0

0

325

St. John's Hospital Limerick

138

2

0

0

1

141

St. Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny

299

46

0

0

2

347

St. Vincent's University Hospital

300

3

0

0

0

303

Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH)

215

30

7

0

0

252

Waterford Regional Hospital

92

6

0

0

0

98

Wexford General Hospital

137

0

0

0

0

137

Total

4,051

285

24

4

10

4,374