Friday, 27 April, 2018


Patients advised to avoid Naas Hospital due to high numbers presenting there

Tipperary trolley numbers 45 wait on bed in South Tipperary General Hospital South Tipperary General Hospital
Bennie Garza | 12 January, 2018, 22:14

Professor Anthony Staines from DCU says getting patients in and out of hospital smoothly is key.

"The situations [patients] are in are not acceptable, but what we need to do is come up with solutions, " Harris said.

Meanwhile, University Hospital Limerick recorded the highest annual number of patients on trolleys at 8,869, with Portiuncla Hospital recording 1,569 on trolleys in 2017, compared to 892 in 2016.

He acknowledged that the HSE needs additional capacity and said greater investment in that are is needed.

The Taoiseach apologised to patients experiencing long delays in hospitals and expressed "regret and frustration" that there has not been an improvement despite increased investment.

He said: "There are very few people in the ED's (Emergency Departents) who don't need to be there and there isn't anyone lying in a trolley who doesn't need to be there".

Latest hospital trolley figures prove that Portlaoise hospital must be upgraded according to Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley.

Update 2.05pm: The Emergency Department Taskforce will meet on Monday to discuss hospital overcrowding.

The overall HSE figures show that overcrowding has reduced today to 438 patients, when the children's hospitals are included.

On the first week of 2017, there were 213 patients being treated on trolleys at the Dooradoyle hospital.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation's (INMOs) trolley count said this morning that public hospitals are "severely overcrowded", with an increase from yesterday's figure of 21 to 677 nationally.

The hospitals worst affected are University Hospital Limerick with 52 patients waiting, St Luke's in Kilkenny with 46 and Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore with 37.

Nurses are needed not just in theatre but also for patients recovering after surgery and the INMO has written to the hospital advising them of these concerns, she said.

"High levels of burnout have been reported amongst nurses working in overcrowded environments", she said.

Some 98,981 admitted patients were recorded as awaiting a hospital bed.

He said that people with flu-like symptoms should visit or phone their Global Positioning System rather than go to the hospital's Emergency Department.

"The HSE has in the last fortnight also been notified of a small number of deaths directly related to influenza (less than 10)".

Dr Kevin Kelleher, Director of the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said: "Influenza-like illness has increased in all age groups except in those aged 0-4 years".

He welcomed the increase in the uptake of the flu vaccine among health staff, but said he wanted it even higher.

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