Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 700 No. 4

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  291.  Deputy Jimmy Devins  Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of patients in counties Sligo and Leitrim treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial amputation in 2007 and 2008; and the number of these patients who had diabetes mellitus. [4701/10]

  292.  Deputy Jimmy Devins  Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of patients under 65 years in counties Sligo and Leitrim treated for foot ulcerations who did not require a full or partial lower limb amputation in 2007 and 2008; and the number of those patients who had diabetes mellitus. [4702/10]

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  293.  Deputy Jimmy Devins  Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number of full or partial lower limb amputations carried out on patients residing in counties Sligo and Leitrim in 2007 and 2008; and the number of those patients who had diabetes mellitus. [4703/10]

Minister of State at the Department of the Health and Children (Deputy Áine Brady): Information on Aine Brady  Zoom on Aine Brady  I propose to take Questions Nos. 291 to 293, inclusive, together.

The information requested is contained in the table below.

Hospital Inpatient Enquiry: Foot Ulcerations, Lower Limb Amputations and Diabetes

Area of Residence
Leitrim Sligo National Total
2007 2008 2007 2008 2007 2008
Number of admissions with a diagnosis of foot ulcerations and without a full or partial lower limb amputation 22 36 62 68 3,826 3,777
—Number of these patients with a diagnosis of diabetes 8 14 25 23 1,361 1,298
Number of admissions aged under 65 with a diagnosis of foot ulcerations and without a full or partial lower limb amputation 5 7 14 16 1,100 987
—Number of these patients with a diagnosis of diabetes 11 412 421
Number of full or partial lower limb amputations 9 8 11 703 667
—Number of these patients with a diagnosis of diabetes 5 7 334 338

The HSE is currently developing a programme for diabetes which will establish an integrated diabetic service between community and hospital. Its objective is to improve specific targets to reduce both acute and chronic complications. It will also include effective foot care to reduce severe infection and amputation in diabetes. The recommendations of the Expert Advisory group will be progressed within the context of the Diabetes programme.


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