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. Vincent’s University 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 22 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 17 extra nurses for St. Vincent’s University Hospital. I’m asking you to do the same because patients at St. Vincent’s University Hospital deserve better.
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Ms Jennifer Murnane O’Connor Carlow-Kilkenny, TD
Mr John McGuinness Carlow-Kilkenny, TD
Mr John Paul Phelan Carlow-Kilkenny, TD
Ms Kathleen Funchion Carlow-Kilkenny, TD
Mr Malcolm Noonan Carlow-Kilkenny, Minister
Mr Chris Andrews Dublin Bay South, TD
Mr Eamon Ryan Dublin Bay South, Minister
Ms Ivana Bacik Dublin Bay South, TD
Mr Jim O’Callaghan Dublin Bay South, TD
Mr Michael McDowell Dublin Bay South, Senator
Ms Catherine Martin Dublin Rathdown, Minister
Ms Josepha Madigan Dublin Rathdown, Minister
Mr Neale Richmond Dublin Rathdown, TD
Mr Barry Ward Dun Laoghaire, Senator
Mr Cormac Devlin Dún Laoghaire, TD
Mr Gerry Horkan Dún Laoghaire, Senator
Ms Jennifer Carroll MacNeill Dún Laoghaire, TD
Mr Ossian Smyth Dún Laoghaire, Minister
Mr Richard Boyd Barrett Dún Laoghaire, TD
Mr Victor Boyhan Dún Laoghaire, Senator
Mr Brendan Howlin Wexford, TD
Mr James Browne Wexford, Minister
Mr Johnny Mythen Wexford, TD
Mr Malcolm Byrne Wexford, Senator
Mr Paul Kehoe Wexford, TD
Ms Verona Murphy Wexford, TD
Ms Jennifer Whitmore Wicklow, TD
Mr John Brady Wicklow, TD
Mr Pat Casey Wicklow, Senator
Mr Simon Harris Wicklow, Minister
Mr Stephen Donnelly Wicklow, Minister
Mr Steven Matthews Wicklow, TD