Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (195)

Éamon Ó Cuív


195. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the length of time associated with the waiting list for ovarian and other cancer chemotherapy treatments in University Hospital Galway; the reason there is a delay in providing this treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22288/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

University Hospital Galway (UHG) advise that the waiting times for chemotherapy for ovarian cancer is currently 3-4 weeks. Generally, waiting times for an appointment in the Haematology/Oncology Day Ward is around three weeks, with the Hospital expecting to secure treatment within 15 working days for 90% of patients this month.

I am aware that there have been some capacity issues at UHG. However, in recent months internal improvements to streamline processes has added to capacity and allowed UHG to increase the number of chemotherapy slots per day from 16 to 22. UHG are also prioritising the filling of vacant nursing posts in this area.