Over 2,000 more people awaiting inpatient or outpatient appointment at LUH

Highland Radio, Donegal, Letterkenny, Hospital, Trolleys

Over 2,000 more people are awaiting an inpatient or outpatient appointment at Letterkenny University Hospital compared to 2020.

A record number of people across the country are waiting for their first hospital outpatient consultation.

As of January 28th, 3,044 patients were waiting on an inpatient/ day case appointment at Letterkenny University Hospital, that's up 49% compared to figures from January 2020 when 2,032 people were awaiting on an appointment.

According to latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, a total of 18,909 people were awaiting an outpatient hospital appointment at Letterkenny University Hospital.

That's up from 17,757 during the same period last year.

Nationally, 623,000 people are on a waiting list for their first outpatient consultation.

While almost 81,500 are waiting for a date for their inpatient or day case treatment.

Many appointments have been deferred due to the level 5 restrictions.