Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (275, 276)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

275. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the wait time for a first scoliosis assessment with a specialist surgeon hospital (details supplied). [40847/18]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

276. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the average wait time for spinal surgery once a child has been placed on a surgery list in hospitals (details supplied). [40848/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 275 and 276 together.

The Children's Hospital Group advise that Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin currently have 247 patients that have been referred to OPD for review under the category of scoliosis or spinal review. Of these 247 patients 62 have an appointment date and 185 patients do not, 96 patients are waiting over 6 months. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital currently have 37 patients waiting for a first time OPD consultation, which are query spinal/scoliosis. All referrals are clinically triaged by consultants and patients are assigned clinical indicative dates upon triage.  There are currently 12 patients waiting over 6 months. Each of these patients have an clinical indicative date assigned ( less than one year from time of referral)

In relation to the average wait times for spinal surgery, I have asked CHG to provide me with this information, and will provide it to the Deputy when it becomes available.  

Question No. 277 and 278 answered with Question No. 273.