Additional 2,300 people joined UHK waiting lists in past year

An additional 2,300 people have joined waiting lists at University Hospital Kerry in the past year.

That’s according to newly released figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund as of the end of July.

They show there are 12,800 people on waiting lists for both inpatient and outpatient appointments at UHK.

According to the National Treatment Purchase Fund, there are now 12,800 (12,771) people on waiting lists for appointments for treatment at University Hospital Kerry; this is up 2,300 (2,297) in the past year, and a rise of 417 since the end of June.

Of the numbers waiting at the end of July, 1,500 (1,457) patients are on inpatient and day case waiting lists at UHK, including for endoscopy; that’s up 803 in the past year, a 123% increase.

The numbers, however, have fallen since the end of June, down 129 people.

A third of those on inpatient and day case lists, 488, are waiting up to three months, and over a third, 555, are waiting between three and six months.

The National Treatment Purchase Fund figures show there are 11,314 people seeking outpatient appointments at UHK, up 1,500 (1,494) in the past year, and up 546 since the end of June.

A third of those, 3,658 are waiting up to six months, while over a third, 4,463, are waiting over a year for outpatient appointments.