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Health targets 'making progress'
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Noble's Hospital has seen an increase in day patients
Measures to reduce waiting lists at the Isle of Man's hospital are "producing results", the Minister for Health and Social Security has said.

The annual report to Tynwald shows that in-patients and outpatients at Noble's Hospital have risen in the last year.

Waiting times for orthodontics, general surgery and general medicine have reduced, but waiting lists for ophthalmology patients as doubled.

Steven Rodan MHK said work on reaching targets was making "good progress".

The report highlights an increase in patients able to be treated as day patients rather than stay overnight.

'Positive results'

A total of 12,728 patients were admitted to the hospital last year and there were 17,357 outpatient appointments.

Work was ongoing to tackle areas where waiting list had increased, including the ear, nose and throat and orthopaedic surgery departments, Mr Rodan said.

He added: "I am delighted that this report shows that the hard work which has been put in by the hospital staff is producing positive results.

"I am sure that, with the continued support of Tynwald and the general public, the services provided will continue to go from strength to strength."

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