590 people waiting for more than 18 months for outpatient treatment in Tullamore Hospital

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Figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show that 590 people have been waiting more than 18 months for for Outpatient treatment at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore as of the end of September. 

Of that figure of 590, 382 are awaiting Otolaryngology (ENT), 83 are awaiting Ophthalmology, General Medicine accounts for 79 while Orthopaedics accounts for 46.

In total, 13435 people are on the waiting list which is broken down in three month increments.

3196 have been waiting from 0-3 months, 3006 people have been waiting from 3-6 months, 2423 have been waiting from 6-9 months, 1846 have been on the list for 9-12 months, 1462 have been waiting for 12-15 months while 912 have been waiting for between 15 and 18 months.

The total waiting list for the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is 4128 with only 22 waiting more than 18 months. At the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar, a total of 6720 are on the waiting list with the number waiting over 18 months at 258.