Ireland needs an extra 100 neurology nurses. This will help to reduce waiting lists1, improve the efficiency of outpatient clinics2 and outcomes for patients3.
Please take this opportunity to contact the Oireachtas members that represent constituents in the catchment area for your local neurology centre and highlight to them that neurology patients deserve better. Take action now.
St. James’ Hospital is the main neurology centre for your constituents, but it is short of neurology nurse specialists. Patients are unnecessarily waiting longer for diagnosis and treatment. Based on the catchment area, national and international guidelines recommend that there should be 14 neurology nurse specialists, but there are only 4. Patients deserve better.
I’m asking for your help to make this better.
Investing in more neurology nurses is a cost efficient way of improving the efficiency of outpatient clinics, reducing waiting times and ensuring that patients have access to the specialist support they need to manage their conditions. Patients with access to neurology nurses have reported improved psychological well-being and improved sense of involvement in their care, being more prepared for tests and investigations. More neurology nurses will also ensure that patients get quicker access to outpatient appointments, thereby reducing waiting lists and ensuring that any deterioration in the patient’s health status can be mitigated. This will also ensure that additional hospital resources can be focused on those that need it.
I support the Neurological Association of Ireland’s campaign for 100 extra neurology nurse specialists across Ireland which includes 10 extra nurses for St. James’s Hospital. I’m asking you to do the same because patients at St. James’s Hospital deserve better.
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Ms Catherine Ardagh Dublin South Central, Senator
Mr Aengus Ó Snodaigh Dublin South-Central, TD
Ms Brid Smith Dublin South-Central, TD
Ms Joan Collins Dublin South-Central, TD
Ms Mary Seary Kearney Dublin South-Central, Senator
Mr Patrick Costello Dublin South-Central, TD
Ms Rebecca Moynihan Dublin South-Central, Senator
Ms Emer Currie Dublin West, Senator
Mr Jack Chambers Dublin West, Minister
Mr Leo Varadkar Dublin West, Tánaiste
Mr Paul Donnelly Dublin West, TD
Mr Roderic O’Gorman Dublin West, Minister
Mr Barry Cowen Laois-Offaly, TD
Mr Brian Stanley Laois-Offaly, TD
Ms Carol Nolan Laois-Offaly, TD
Mr Charles Flanagan Laois-Offaly, TD
Ms Pippa Hackett Laois-Offaly, Minister
Mr Sean Fleming Laois-Offaly, Minister
Mr Aidan Davitt Longford-Westmeath, Senator
Mr Joe Flaherty Longford-Westmeath, TD
Mr Micheál Carrigy Longford-Westmeath, Senator
Mr Paul Daly Longford-Westmeath, Senator
Mr Peter Burke Longford-Westmeath, Minister
Mr Robert Troy Longford-Westmeath, Minister
Ms Sorca Clarke Longford-Westmeath, TD