There'll be faster access to surgery to reduce hearing loss in adults, the Health Secretary has announced today.
Vaughan Gething says the waiting time targets for adult cochlear implant surgery - a medical device that can replace the function of the inner ear - will be reduced from 52 weeks to 26 weeks for standard cases and 36 weeks for complex cases. The Welsh Health Specialist Services Committee will work with health boards to introduce the new referral to treatment targets in a phased approach over the next three years.
We want to ensure that people who need cochlear implants are able to have surgery as soon as possible, so their hearing can be improved or restored. For many people deafness can have a significant impact on their quality of life, affecting employment, recreation and relationships.
Restoring people's hearing with cochlear implants as soon as possible will help people who are deaf or hard of hearing to lead more normal lives again.
VAUGHAN GETHING AM, HEALTH SECRETARY.