HSE Headlines for 2009

During 2009

  • More services were provided with proportionately less funding.
  • Almost 670,000 day case treatments were provided and over 590,000 patients received inpatient treatment.
  • The number of patients waiting for inpatient and day case procedures continued to decline compared to 2008 the number waiting over 12 months for inpatient care declined by 64% and 66% for day case care.
  • More procedures were carried out on a day case basis up 7% on 2008 and up 32% since 2005.
  • For certain procedures in areas such as Ophthalmology, ENT surgery, 66% of activity was undertaken on a day case basis.
  • There were almost 3,400,000 attendances in Outpatient Departments in 2009. The number of new attendees seen in Outpatient Clinics increased by nearly 5%, evidence of improving access for patients in hospitals.
  • Over 1.4 million people were covered by medical cards. Over 98,000 GP visit cards were issued. *
  • Over 4.9 million claims were made against the Drug Payment Scheme, with over 13.5 million items dispensed.
  • Almost 16.5 million prescriptions were filled under the GMS with over 50.9 million items dispensed.
  • 55 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams were in place, a 17% increase on 2008.
  • Almost 12 million Home Help hours were provided to almost 54,000 people.
  • Over 8,000 persons were in receipt of Home Care Packages, 3% above the target set in 2009.
  • 98% of people with symptomatic breast disease classified as urgent are now seen within two weeks of referral, with 95% being seen within the 12 week target.
  • Four rapid access lung cancer services were established and three rapid access prostate cancer services were established.
  • There has been a 35% reduction in the number of MRSA cases over 2008. Antimicrobial consumption in hospitals has reduced by 5% and alcohol gel consumption in hospitals has increased by 86%.
  • Managing the Swine Flu Pandemic was a major undertaking for the HSE and more than 800,000 people were vaccinated in 2009, mainly through the HSE mass vaccination clinics established across the country.
  • Additional funding for specific new developments was made available by Government to progress childhood vaccinations, child and adolescent mental health services, disability services, implementation of ˜A Fair Deal” the nursing home support scheme, the National Cancer Control Programme and a range of other services.
  • New Capital Developments in 2009
  • Medical assessment units were opened in Galway and Sligo
  • Early childcare services were developed in Mayo
  • Outreach family support services were opened in Cork
  • A new Outpatient Department was opened in Kilkenny
  • New disability facilities opened in Athlone
  • Community nursing units for older people were developed in Dublin
  • A new palliative care suite opened in Tuam
  • The addiction counselling services in Corkwere expanded
  • Service delivery was between 3% and 4% ahead of target
  • These extra services were provided within budget
  • Staff numbers were 2,047 below approved employment levels
  • Savings of €115m were achieved through operating and procurement efficiencies and cost containment measures.