Numbers waiting over 3 months for occupational therapist doubles in two years to 2,317
The number of people waiting over three months for an occupational therapy assessment has more than doubled in the Western Trust over the past two years.
At the end of March 2022, 2,317 people had been waiting for more than 13 weeks for an occupational therapist assessment in the WHSCT.
This had more than doubled from 1,029 in March 2020.
More people were waiting longer than three months in the Western Trust than in any other health authority apart from the Southern Trust (2,443).
The numbers waiting for more than 13 weeks rose from 1,029 in March 2020, to 2,319 in March 2021, before falling back slightly to 2,317 in March of this year.
Occupational therapists are available to citizens who may need help performing every day tasks.
The figures were released by Health Minister Robin Swann in response to an Assembly Question table by the SDLP MLA Mark H. Durkan.