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Women waiting to see a Gynaecologist in future will have shorter waiting times 28 September 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security today announced that waiting times for Outpatients appointments in Gynaecology are set for further reduction. This is following arrangements to increase capacity in the weekly Gynaecology Clinic at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said:

“The importance of Women’s Health in the Isle of Man is paramount to the Department and these new arrangements will enable us to become more efficient and improve waiting list times, with obvious benefits for our patients.”

Robert Fayle, Clinical Director, Woman and Children’s Directorate said,

“We are developing our services in the Women and Children’s Directorate with the aim to reduce waiting times for women awaiting outpatient appointments. We are delighted to be increasing our use of Ramsey District Cottage Hospital by providing dedicated clinics for all-Island use.”

Previously only 8 patients were seen in Ramsey, this clinic will now see up to 20 patients per session.

The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Service will continue to provide Gynaecology Clinics at Noble’s Hospital. This initiative will further reduce waiting times for women waiting to see a Gynaecologist, which is currently between 4 and 18 weeks.

Patients are encouraged to take the opportunity to attend the Ramsey clinic earlier than they would be seen at already fully committed clinics at Noble’s Hospital.

GP’s have also been asked to support the additional clinic capacity by referring patients to The Consultant Gynaecologist, if their patient has no particular preference so that they will be automatically allocated to the Consultant with the shortest waiting list for outpatient appointments.

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