Thursday 18 January 2018

'Positive progress' cuts waiting times by 60pc

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

THE head of Tallaght Hospital insisted yesterday that "positive progress" has been made implementing the 76 recommendations set out by HIQA.

The beleaguered hospital accepted the findings were both serious and far reaching, but that many of the recommendations are either in place already, or the process of introducing them has begun.

The hospital has pointed out that Accident & Emergency trolley waiting times are down by 60pc and that patients are no longer accommodated on trolleys in corridors in A&E.

A new Medical Assessment Unit is in place, with all patients now being seen within one hour by a senior clinician.

Eight in 10 of these are treated within six hours.

Eilish Hardiman, Tallaght Hospital chief executive, said every effort is being made to turn the hospital around.

"I am heartened today to be able to report that the urgent patient care issues have already been addressed as part of a major change programme under way at Tallaght Hospital in the 11 months since the inquiry was initiated," Ms Hardiman said.

Irish Independent

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