There were 17% fewer emergency surgeries and 30% fewer elective surgeries performed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report published by the RCSI National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS).
The most significant reduction in surgical discharges occurred in April and May 2020, dropping to 34.7% of 2019 average monthly volumes.
The report, which examines the impact of COVID-19 on surgical activity in Ireland, also details the impact of the pandemic on waiting lists, showing a 153% increase from April 2020 to April 2021 in the number of surgical patients waiting longer than 12 months for their procedures. The total surgical outpatient waiting list increased by 15%.
- NCPS The impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Surgery in Ireland. NCPS, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. September 2021 (PDF)