Ireland needs an extra 100 neurology nurses. This will help to improve the efficiency of outpatient clinics, reduce waiting lists and improve outcomes for patients. Please take this opportunity to contact the Oireachtas members that represent constituents in the catchment area for your local hospital and highlight to them that neurology patients deserve better. Take action now.
University Hospital Limerick is the mid-west regional centre for neurology, but it is short of nurses. Patients are unnecessarily waiting longer for diagnosis and treatment. Based on the catchment area, national and international recommendations suggest that there should be 11 neurology nurses, but at present there are only 3. 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 nurses across Ireland which includes 8 extra nurses for University Hospital Limerick. I’m asking you to do the same because patients at University Hospital Limerick deserve better.
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