There’s been a 28 per cent increase in the past month in the numbers on waiting lists for inpatient and day case at University Hospital Kerry.
According to figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, as of the end of November, there were 162 people waiting, compared to 134 at the end of October.
However, when compared to a year ago, there’s been a 13% drop in the numbers waiting – down from 186.
Nearly over 81,000 patients are currently awaiting treatment or assessment in public hospitals across the country.
The numbers waiting at the Tralee hospital have risen in the past month, up from 134 at the end of October, a 21% increase.
According to the recent figures, the majority, 147 people are on waiting lists for up to three months; 13 are waiting between three and six months, one person is on the list between six and nine months; and another one person is waiting between nine months and a year.
When compared to November 2015, there’s been a 13% drop in the numbers waiting at University Hospital Kerry.
At other hospitals serving the Kerry region, there are 2,982 patients waiting for inpatient and day cases at University Hospital Limerick, while there are 2,127 on the list at Cork University Hospital.