14-hour delays at hospital A&E
WEXFORD General Hospital chief Lily Byrnes has apologised to patients who had to wait up to 14 hours to be seen in the accident and emergency department.
The general manager said the delay experienced by patients over a number of days last week was caused by a larger than usual number of people attending A&E. 'We are addressing the situation and seeking to improve it,' she said.
Waiting times rose last Tuesday and continued over the following days, with some patients waiting up to 12 and 14 hours to be attended to.
The hospital had to place additional beds in wards, leading to overcrowding.
'It's down to an increase in the number of people presenting at A&E, particularly elderly people but also some younger people who need diagnostics,' said Ms Byrnes, adding that other hospitals a have been experiencing the same pattern.
She said it was the first time since early in the year that increased delays have been experienced in the A&E.