Manx Care is publicising its programme to cut waiting lists.

The first phase of general surgery activity has taken place as part of its policy.

Twenty-six patients have had hernia surgeries since December 5, with laparoscopic (keyhole) procedures beginning in the New Year. 

Fifty-seven patients with complex cataracts have had their surgery under general anaesthetic or sedation, and 75 patients requiring topical anaesthesia have had their cataract procedures since the beginning of December. 

Manx Care’s ‘Restoration and Recovery of Elective Activity Programme’ is a phased approach to tackling lengthy waiting lists across a number of clinical specialisms.

Phase two of the programme is underway, covering ophthalmology, orthopaedics and surgical specialities, following confirmation of £18.3 million of Tynwald funding in October. 

Teresa Cope, Manx Care’s chief executive, said: ‘I’m really pleased to see the completion of complex cataract and hernia activity in December, meaning patients are home and recovering in good time to enjoy Christmas.

‘The feedback we have had from patients is exceptional, with the results of some of the cataract procedures in particular transforming peoples’ lives by restoring their sight. Phase two of the Restoration and Recovery programme is progressing as planned, and the Manx Care – Synaptik blended team will continue their work early in 2023 after a short break over the festive period.’

Manx Care runs health services on a day-to-day basis.