60 per cent increase in number of fertility consultations also expected
A new state-of-the-art gynaecology unit at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital aims to make significant reductions in waiting times, the hospital’s Master said today.
Funded under the National Woman and Infants Health programme, Rotunda Gynaecology will double capacity for patients waiting for ultrasound appointments, anaesthetic consultations, and ambulatory gynaecology procedures.
Hospital managers also expect the number of appointments for fertility assessments – including access to a new dedicated andrology room and laboratory – to increase by 60 per cent.
At present, 3,115 women are on the Rotunda’s list for a routine appointment – with some waiting up to fifty-three weeks to be seen.
Master of the Rotunda Hospital Prof Fergal Malone said: “Rotunda Gynaecology will be operational five days per week, which will significantly reduce our gynaecology waiting lists and enable us to continue to provide best in class patient centred care.”
Situated on the hospital campus in Parnell Square, the new unit’s dedicated gynaecology ultrasound service will also enable increased access to diagnostics to determine care pathways for new patients.
“I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the team involved in this project, which came together in just three months,” added Prof. Malone.
“We look forward to continuing to develop the gynaecology service going forward in collaboration with the National Woman and Infants Health programme.”