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DHSS announce increase in hospital activity and improved performance 10 June 2008

The Department of Health and Social Security today announced that in April 2008 there was another marked increase in the number of patients being seen and treated at Noble’s Hospital.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said, “I am very proud of the way that the Noble’s Hospital staff have continued to provide more and more treatment and care for an ever increasing number of patients, whilst at the same managing a very challenging budgetary position. The people of the Isle of Man can be justifiably proud of our hospital.”

Comparing April 2007 with April 2008:

• More Theatre sessions enabled 23.8% (158) more patients to be operated on than the same month last year

• New Patient Outpatient activity (those attending Noble’s for their first appointment) has risen sharply by 32.8% - meaning that 470 more patients were seen, most notably in surgery, dermatology and medicine. Overall Outpatient attendances - including second and subsequent appointments - have risen by 26.7% (1378) patients. These figures indicate that patients are being seen at a faster rate.

• We are now also beginning to see the effects of the breast screening call/recall system with a 307 patient increase on the same month last year.

• Meanwhile Inpatient admissions have fallen slightly, by 0.9% (10) patients. At the same time, however, Day case activity has again risen, this time by 28.4% (107) patients, as has the number persons seen on Wards without being admitted to hospital – this is up by 1.3% (6) patients. This is part of a welcome trend which shows that Noble’s Hospital is continuing to treat patients as day cases rather than as inpatients, wherever it is possible and safe to do so.

• Finally, efforts to reduce waiting times are proving successful. Ophthalmology Waiting Lists have fallen by 49.9% (282) patients, whilst Orthopaedic Waiting times for surgery have increased slightly – this is a result of the faster throughput of Outpatients and will reduce as increased surgical activity takes effect. However, the number of long-waiting Orthopaedic patients has dropped, with only a very small number now waiting more than a year (all for specific reasons), with many being seen in less than 6 months.

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