Twitter Background photo created by xb100 – www.freepik.com“Unbelievably high,” is how a Limerick TD has described the waiting list for cataract surgery, with more than 6,000 people awaiting the procedure.Sinn Féin Deputy Maurice Quinlivan said the waiting lists and most notably the waiting times, for cataract surgery for older people are unbelievably high.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But in the Mid West, the HSE has told the Limerick Post that cataract waiting lists have been almost halved since the opening of a specialist centre in Nenagh Hospital.Deputy Quinlivan said that figures released to Sinn Féin by the HSE have detailed the extent of the long waiting times and waiting lists for cataract surgery across the State.“There are now 6,151 people on waiting lists for cataract surgery, and most worryingly of all is that 256 of these people have been waiting more than a year for treatment.“274 older people are awaiting this sight-saving surgery at University Hospital Limerick, 35 of them having waited over a year so far, which is completely unacceptable.“Cataract procedures usually take around ten minutes to perform, yet there are more than 6,000 patients waiting on an operation across the state.“Patients suffer when they have to wait for cataract surgery, they lose sight, they lose independence, they can have accidents from falls, and all this costs patients’ and the health service more.Deputy Quinlivan pointed to the award-winning Sligo Cataract Scheme with the Association of Optometrists Ireland confirming that the Sligo-Leitrim constituency has the shortest waiting time in the State as a result of this cost-neutral scheme.“This scheme needs to be rolled out nationwide, so Optometrists and Hospital Eye Departments can work together to reduce these waiting lists,” he declared.In a statement, a spokesman for the UHL hospitals groups said that since the opening of the UL Hospitals Cataract Centre at Nenagh Hospital, the inpatient waiting list has seen a 44.7 per cent reduction in the overall number of patients between July 2018 and July 2019.“The number of our patients waiting six months or longer for a cataract procedure has fallen by 79.7 per cent in the same time period.“The UL Hospitals Cataract Centre at Nenagh Hospital, a centre for excellence for cataract treatment, is set to meet its target of 1,400 patients treated by the end of 2019,” the spokesman added. Facebook NewsHealthLong waiting lists for cataract surgery is short-sightedBy Bernie English – August 6, 2019 323 WhatsApp Email Print Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleWATCH: Limerick fall to Tipperary in All-Ireland quarter finalNext articleMost beautiful garden competition 2019 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago crushed an out-of-sorts West Indies Under-19s by eight wickets in quick time here yesterday, to win their second game and move into second spot in Group A of the Regional Super50.Wounded by a defeat to Kent Spitfires last Sunday, Red Force routed the Under-19s for a meagre 58 off 31 overs and then galloped to their target off 10.2 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.They lie second on nine points, three behind leaders Leeward Islands Hurricanes whom they meet in their next game at Coolidge Cricket Ground tomorrow.Opting to bowl first, Red Force’s attack was spearheaded by Jamaican left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell who claimed three for six from seven overs while left-arm spinner Khary Pierre (2-16) and fast bowler Roshon Primus (2-20) picked up two wickets apiece.Emmanuel Stewart, batting at number four, top-scored with 30 from 66 deliveries with four fours but failed to get support as no other Under-19s batsman reached double figures.In reply, T&T lost openers Kyle Hope (8) and Evin Lewis (19) but Nicholas Alexis struck four boundaries in 19 not out off 20 balls to see his side home without further hiccups.West Indies Under-19s are bottom of the standings without a win in three outings.UNDER-19s inningsS. Brathwaite lbw b Rampaul 0M. Patrick c wkp. Ramdin b Cottrell 0B. Yadram c Primus b Cottrell 6E. Stewart b Pierre 30K. Kallicharan lbw b Cottrell 0K. Paul c Pierre b Primus 5A. Athanaze c Pierre b Primus 0J. Bishop lbw b Khan 3M. Louis not out 1J. Spencer lbw b Pierre 0O. McCoy run-out 0Extras: (lb4, w7, nb2) 13Total: (all out, 31 overs) 58Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-6, 3-14, 4-14, 5-27, 6-34, 7-57, 8-57, 9-57.Bowling: Cottrell 7-4-6-3 (w-1), Rampaul 6-1-9-1 (w-2), Primus 7-0-20-2 (w-3, nb-2), Emrit 4-1-3-0 (w-1), Pierre 5-2-16-2, Imran Khan 2-2-0-1.RED FORCE inningsK. Hope c & b Spencer 8E. Lewis c wkp. Stewart b McCoy 19N. Alexis not out 19J. Mohammed not out 4Extras: (b-4, w-5) 9Total: (2 wkts, 10.2 overs) 59Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-46.Bowling: McCoy 5-0-26-1 (w-3), Spencer 4-0-22-1 (w-2), Bishop 1-0-5-0, Paul 0.2-0-2-0.Points: Red Force 5, Under-19s 0.