Over 8,000 waiting for Orthopaedic appointments at Galway University Hospitals

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There are more than 8,000 people waiting for an Orthopaedic outpatient appointment at Galway University Hospitals.

As of March 16, there were a total of 8,044 patients waiting for such an appointment, with just 434 having an appointment date set.

These figures were provided by the Saolta Hospital Group in response to a question from City Councillor John Connolly ahead of a meeting of the Regional Health Forum.

Of those waiting for an Orthopaedic appointment in Galway, 2,503 have been waiting for more than the National Service Plan target of 15 months.

The average waiting time for appointments is 434 days, but there are 152 people on that list who have been on a waiting list for more than two years.

Beyond just getting an appointment to be seen, there are 1,158 people on a waiting list for Orthopaedic surgery at Galway University Hospitals.

Just 74 of those patients have been given a date for there surgery. There are 41 people who have been waiting longer than two years, none of whom have been given a date.