According to the Minister of Health, Chris Fearne, there has been a drastic decrease of hospital patients on surgery waiting lists at Mater Dei Hospital.
The number of such patients over the last year has almost decreased by half. Fearne stated this statistic on Thursday during a press conference, purposely convened to inaugurate the new Surgical High Dependancy Unit (SHDU).
The new ward shall be utilised for the intensive care of patients who undergo major surgery and is a hybrid between a normal ward and the ITU.
Minister Fearne said that, thanks to the lower number of cases of Covid-19 and the new SHDU, out of the 5,954 patients on operation waiting lists till April of this year, at the end of September there were only a total of 3,380 patients awaiting their turn for surgery.
Fearne explained how the reduction in the surgeries’ waiting list is also being achieved with surgeries being carried out on Sundays and on public holidays, as well as at other private hospitals across the Islands.
The Minister concluded his address by thanking everyone involved in the setting up and running of the new SHDU.