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Fall in bariatric surgeries during pandemic

The pandemic led to a drop in bariatric surgeries undertaken in Ireland during 2020, according to new figures provided to the Medical Independent (MI). There were 30 bariatric surgeries in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin (up until 21 December) and 16 bariatric surgeries in St Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire (up until 21 December).
The total of 46 bariatric surgeries in the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) compared to 77 in 2019.

An IEHG spokesperson told MI there were no scheduled bariatric admissions in SVUH between March and August 2020. Outside of Dublin, there were only three bariatric surgeries carried out in University Hospital Galway (UHG) in 2020. This compared to 13 such surgeries undertaken at UHG in 2019, in addition to 10 procedures performed by a UHG consultant in a private hospital through the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

“Covid-19 has impacted all non-emergency care and this will continue into 2021,” a spokesperson for Saolta University Health Care Group told MI.
On World Obesity Day (4 March), the Government announced a series of measures in relation to obesity prevention and care, including the development of a new model of care.

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