A major drive to eliminate the dermatology waiting list has commenced in the Mid-West and hospital authorities say they hope that by next November they will have no patient waiting longer than 12 months for an out-patient appointment.
Extra clinics are being provided in Nenagh, Limerick and Ennis to eliminate the 1,500 or so patients on the list. A validation exercise was recently carried out to establish the real numbers of those actually requiring an appointment and it was found that 386 patients out of the 1,767 were waiting less than one year. The longest individual wait went back to 2002, but this case was minor and has since been resolved.
Medicine directorate manager for the Mid-Western Hospitals Group, Paula Cussen Murphy, commented: “The people of the Mid-West are very fortunate to have secured two additional consultant dermatologists in the last while. The dermatology service is now being developed to provide a range of services across the region.”
Consultant dermatologist Dr Bart Ramsey said: “Real progress has, and is, being made. There is a need to expand the dermatology nursing services to enable more patients to be seen and treated. An expanded dedicated space for dermatolgy is in building development. This will give us much needed physical space to see and treat more patients.”