National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh ‘on track’ to deliver Strategic Plan by year end


The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh, Ireland’s largest dedicated orthopaedic hospital, is on track to deliver on its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan as anticipated by the end of the current year, according to the 2019 Annual Report. Last year marked the second year of the three-year strategy, which saw the hospital make significant progress in the delivery of stated priorities and by the end of 2019 and the hospital remained ahead of schedule in terms of goal implementation.

Some of the achievements outlined in the 2019 report include: waiting lists for total hip and knee replacements were reduced from 12 months to 6 months; a 77% reduction in scoliosis waiting lists due to the introduction of a Rapid Access Scoliosis Service; and due to a 4% increase in demand for surgeries, the fifth theatre was operational during certain intervals.

Over the past two years, significant progress has been made across the objectives outlined in the 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan. These include:

Service development

  • 15% increase in activity in two years
  • Spinal fusion programme has expanded with  86 surgeries completed in past two years
  • First public hospital in Ireland to adopt a two-surgeon approach to scoliosis surgery
  • First public hospital in Ireland to perform Same Day Discharge for Total Hip Replacement patients
  • Expanded the Sports and Exercise Medicine Programme and established links with Sports Ireland Institute
  • Appointment of Clinical Director in 2018

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