Hip Replacements

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Alasdair McDonnell Alasdair McDonnell Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how patients waited up to (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) 18 months and (d) 36 months or more for (i) an assessment for hip replacement surgery and (ii) the surgery itself in (A) Musgrave Park hospital, (B) the Ulster hospital, (C) Royal Victoria hospital, (D) Lagan Valley hospital, (E) Belfast City hospital and (F) the Mater hospital in each of the last five years; and how many such operations were carried out in each hospital in each year.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

Over the last five years, Musgrave Park hospital and Altnagelvin Area hospital have been the only hospitals in Northern Ireland that routinely admit elective patients for hip replacement surgery.

The following table shows the number of patients who have waited for an outpatient assessment for hip replacement surgery by time-band at Musgrave Park hospital.

Patients who waited
More than six months More than 12 months More than 18 months More than 36 months
2001-02 400 164 72 0
2002-03 429 140 77 7
2003-04 294 73 41 9
2004-05 583 231 144 60
2005-06 1,683 453 212 28
Source: Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust

The following table shows the number of patients who have waited for hip replacement surgery by time-band at Musgrave Park hospital.

Patients who waited
More than six months More than 12 months More than 18 months More than 36 months
2001-02 1,336 521 175 4
2002-03 1,582 682 212 29
2003-04 1,712 1,006 415 9
2004-05 2,094 935 189 12
2005-06 1,742 502 142 13
Source: Green Park Healthcare HSS Trus t

The following table shows the number of hip replacement procedures that where carried out at Musgrave Park hospital.

Number of procedures carried out
2001-02 1,035
2002-03 1,101
2003-04 1,047
2004-05 1,300
2005-06 1,260
Source: Hospital inpatient system

I have set targets to ensure that no patient waits longer than 26 weeks for a first outpatient appointment by 31 March 2007, reducing to 13 weeks by March 2008, and no longer than six months for surgery by 31 March 2007, reducing to 21 weeks by March 2008.

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