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More patients treated at hospital

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Better work practices and funding have helped improve hospital services

More patients are being seen at Noble's Hospital compared with last year, new figures from the Department of Health and Social Security have revealed.

There was a rise of almost 25% in the number of operations in April compared with the same month in 2007.

The rise, equivalent to 158 operations, was in addition to an extra 470 people having their first out patient appointment - a rise of more than 32%.

Better work practices and more funding are said to be behind the increase.

Health Minister Eddie Teare said the boost in performance was down to extra money for waiting list initiatives, as well as his department taking a close look at working practices in key areas like orthopaedics.

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