Tuesday 19 September 2017

Number of patients on trolleys at University Hospital 'doubles in one year'

Limerick University hospital
Limerick University hospital

Kathleen O'Sullivan

The number of patients treated on trolleys at University Hospital Galway has almost doubled over the last year.

More than 600 patients were treated on trolleys in the UHG's emergency department in May this year - an increase of 92 per cent from 349 in May 2016. This new data was from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

Fianna Fáil Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte described the increased recorded as "startling", adding: "The numbers have practically doubled, and yet the available space and staff numbers remain the same."

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte is laying the blame for the latest surge in trolley figures firmly at the door of the Government, and successive Fine Gael Health Ministers.

She said "despite constant pleas from staff, patients groups, and local TDs” funds have yet to be released for the design stage of any new department.

The Portumna based TD said UHG ED was "consistently one of the most overcrowded" in the State, with full capacity protocols being implemented on an almost weekly basis.

"It is cruel to subject patients and staff to the indignity which they are currently experiencing.

"The existing emergency department is unfit for purpose and we need a conscious effort from Minister Harris and his Cabinet colleagues to address the crisis at UHG.

"He needs to outline what progress has been made on the new department since he announced funding earlier this year.

"If the money has been earmarked, it needs to be drawn down so that construction on a new department can begin without delay."

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte is laying the blame for the latest surge in trolley figures firmly at the door of the Government, and successive Fine Gael Health Ministers.

In yesterday’s INMO Trolley and Ward Watch, it was reported there was a total of 206 trolleys across the country and 73 additional patients on beds, trolleys or chairs, on inpatient wards/units above the stated complement of that ward/unit.

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