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first_imgFigures from the HSE show that there are currently over 800 children on the audiology waiting list in Co Donegal, 110 of whom have been waiting over twelve months for an appointment.Deputy Pearse Doherty has today criticised the lengthy waiting times for Under 18s audiology services in Donegal.Branding the figures as ‘deeply concerning’ Deputy Doherty said “The HSE Community Audiology Service was established to provide a comprehensive audiology service for infants, children as well as eligible adults and medical card holders and offers hearing assessment, diagnostic and habilitative services, hearing aid fitting and follow-up care to patients. “However, following concerns from Constituents surrounding the delays facing patients awaiting an appointment from the Service, I decided to raise the issue of waiting times with the Minister in the Dáil last month for service users here in Donegal.“The HSE has now provided me with a full breakdown of those waiting list figures and it’s evident from the data that children and all those under the age 18 years of age face some of the longest waiting times here in the county for audiology services.“While there are presently 819 children in Donegal on the community audiology waiting list, 110 of these have been waiting for over a year now for an appointment which, for them and their families, is deeply concerning.“Early intervention is key in cases involving young people as problems relating to hearing loss or hearing impairment in children can have a detrimental impact on their development and educational attainment if not properly treated. “And the budget announed yesterday by the Government gives very little hope that additional measures will be taken to improve access to or delivery of these services.“There are also currently 870 adults awaiting an appointment for audiology in Donegal however, no patient in this category has been on the waiting list for more than a year.“While this is of course a positive and clearly reflects the huge efforts being made by the personnel working within the service to treat and assess patients in a timely and professional manner, more resources need to be made available to the service in order to alleviate the demands which are being placed on it, particularly within children’s audiology services here in the county.”Year wait for Audiology Appointments ‘deeply concerning’ – Doherty was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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