Over 18,000 outpatient appointments waiting to take place at Sligo University Hospital

There were 18,305 outpatient appointments due to take place at Sligo University Hospital as of the 4th of November, .

Over 7,000 people are waiting for more than a year and over 2,000 are waiting for 2 years or more.

While 131 people are waiting for at least 4 years.

The majority, 4,109, are waiting between 0 and 3 months.

The departments with the longest waiting lists are in the Orthopaedics Department with 3,712 appointments followed by Otolaryngology with 2,966.

Sligo Independent Councillor, Declan Bree, is a member of the Regional Health Forum West.

Speaking to OceanFM News, he says reducing the waiting lists needs to be addressed going forward.