Belfast beckons for more Kerry patients

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae (left) oversees the boarding on one of the buses he arranged to travel to and from Belfast

A TOTAL of 14 patients in need of vital cataract procedures, who have spent months or years on waiting lists in Kerry, travelled to Belfast this Friday, to undergo treatment on demand.

It is one of three return medical access coach trips organised by Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae for the month of January with two additional buses to depart on January 18 and January 25 with another planned for February 18.

The patients will all be assessed by a consultant and medical team in Belfast and the procedures will be carried out before they return back to Kerry, following an overnight rest, on Saturday.

Tired, in pain and frustrated by long waiting times to have cataracts removed in their own county, the patients were transported to Kingsbridge Hospital to allow the procedures to go ahead.

They had been on long waiting lists for the relatively simple 20-minute procedure to be carried out and one man, recently treated in Belfast, had been waiting seven years to be seen in Kerry.

“I want to thank these people for undertaking the long and arduous journey to Belfast. Their determination has to be admired,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

He asked people on waiting lists for cataract procedures, who would like to get it done in Belfast, to contact my office on 087-2316055 or 064-6685315″.

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