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The Cartagena wait 18 days less than the national average for an appointment with the specialist (30/10/2009)

In the Cartagena Traumatology Ophthalmology or wait until a week less than the national average

The citizens of Cartagena Health Area waiting 18 days less than the national average for an appointment with the specialist and are slightly below the average for the whole country for surgery, according to official Ministry of Health and Social Policy , collected annually by the Quality Assurance Agency for National Health, which were recently presented within the Inter-Territorial Board of Health.

Moreover, many of the specialties most in demand, there is still a major difference in waiting.

The average waiting time for surgical tests is 71 days in the NHS, while in Cartagena are 70 days.

National users have to wait an average of 60 days for Ophthalmology and the Cartagena is reduced to 52 days in Gynecology national average stands at 66 days (34 in Cartagena) and Angiology and Vascular Surgery, the average is of 70 compared with 44.5 days in Cartagena.

As for the basic specialties differences are even more remarkable, since, for example, for a first consultation of Ophthalmology users of NHS waiting 68 days, while his hopes of Cartagena are reduced to 39 days.

The same happens in other specialties such as traumatology, where the median time to first consultation is 47 days in Cartagena of Otolaryngology 43 or where the time from 35 to 21 days.

Neurology spend from 58 to 42.1, General and Digestive Surgery, from 38 to 20.4 days at the local level.

Likewise, in 53 days Cardiology passes to 25.5 in Urology from 48 to 34.1 days and so most of the basic specialties.

Urology is the service that has a greater difference to the national average, where the waiting time goes from 51 to 62 days, however, is not far from the total average number of days of waiting, it is stands at 59 days.

This is corroborated by data published by the Health Information Institute under the Ministry, according to the Quality Plan of the National Health System, which includes the status of waiting lists in the NHS, and the official data Autonomous Community of Murcia, regulated by Royal Decree 605/2003 of May 23, laying down measures for the uniform treatment of information on waiting lists in the NHS.

As the manager of the Hospital Santa María del Rosell de Cartagena, Manuel Ángel Moreno, "is soon to take stock, because we continually work to reduce our waiting times in certain specialties are below average.

In fact, they have created and are running special consultations, and in some cases such as Urology, dates are moving forward. "

The manager also noted that "patients are referred by telephone to give an appointment when the agendas of certain specialties are open, depending on revisions in question or the importance of the disease to suffer, and no waiting lists never close. "

Room for improvement with the new hospital

With regard to the regional average waiting times of different services are, in some cases higher than that of other areas that make up the map of health in the Region of Murcia, due to increase in recent years for the population and Cartagena care burden, which is a reference in some specialties in other areas.

An event detected by the Ministry of Health and why it approved the project of building a new hospital, scheduled to be operational and running in the second half of 2010.

Similarly, the actions of the Department and the Hospital Santa María del Rosell in this field have been reflected in the reduction of some of the waiting times in some specialties such as Ophthalmology, which have increased from 43 days to 39 days, or Traumatology, 46 to 43 days, according to latest official data.

Source: CARM

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