Local Councillor raises concerns over hospital waiting times for over-75’s

Over-75’s waited an average of almost 10 hours at emergency departments in the first seven months of this year.

Locally the average waiting time at Sligo University Hospital was above the national average with patients having to wait 11.7 hours, while in Letterkenny the time was 7.3 hours.

According to freedom of information figures across the country, over-75s waited over 24 hours on nearly 12,000 occasions between January and July.

Sligo Drumcliff Councillor Donal Gilroy has raised concerns with the regional health forum over the waiting times for this age cohort in the past.

He says that 55 % of those over the age of 75 that go into Sligo University Hospital are still to be either discharged or admitted waiting 9 hours later.

The Fianna Fail Councillor says the lack of ‘step down facilities which those aged 75 normally need to avail of to boost their recovery is also a major cause of concern.

The lack of such services disproportionally impacts the over 75’s according to Cllr Gilroy.