June 18, 2021

‘Lack of capacity’ to blame for latest setback at Waterford Hospital: Cullinane

University Hospital Waterford (UHW) has ceased all regional urology referrals for anyone outside of Waterford for a period of six months.

The move is aimed at reducing waiting times for urinary patients.

However, Waterford TD David Cullinane said the decision if down to a lack of capacity.

“Time and again a lack of capacity results in increased wait times and a ceasing of services at University Hospital Waterford. This week hospital management took a decision to cease accepting urology case referrals from patients living in Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary for six months,” said Deputy Cullinane (pictured below).

“I contacted hospital management and they confirmed this decision is down to a lack of capacity. UHW currently has two full time consultant urologists and one agency post. However this is insufficient to meet demand and wait times to see a consultant can be as long as three years.

“Hospital management say they took the drastic decision to cease referrals for a six month period to allow current wait times reduce. However the real solution has to be to increase capacity. Additional consultant posts needs to be prioritised and recruited.

“The solution to long wait times is not to stop taking referrals but to build up capacity at UHW. I have been in contact with the Department and I will put pressure on the South/South West Hospital Group as soon as is possible.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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