Waiting list for speech and language therapy fifth highest in the country in Longford/Westmeath region

Longford/Westmeath has the fifth highest waiting list for speech and language therapy in the country, with some patients waiting up to a year to be seen.

551 children in the region are waiting for an appointment for initial assessment, with 34 waiting almost a year already.

However, other Shannonside regions such as Roscommon fare better with a much lower waiting list.

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Figures acquired from the HSE show that Sligo/Leitrim has 118 people waiting for initial assessment.

Thirty six people are waiting in Roscommon, but the region has one of the fastest-moving waiting lists, with people most often seen before four months.

Dublin North is the worst-hit area with 916 people waiting to be seen, while West Cork and Dublin South East are two of the lowest affected areas, with total figures of just 41 and 82 respectively.

The majority of patients nationwide are seen within the first eight months, but a total of 247 have been on the list for more than two years. Of that figure, 150 people are waiting in Dublin South West.

144 people in Roscommon are waiting for their first therapy session with 210 in Longford/Westmeath, most of whom were seen within the first four months.

In regards to further therapy, Longford/Westmeath’s list is tenth highest out of thirty two regions, with a total of 527 people waiting.

 

One hundred and ninety people are awaiting further therapy in Sligo/Leitrim.

Update: An earlier iteration of this article was published citing incorrect figures from the HSE. The figures have since been amended.