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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 2°C

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Last month
January 2023
# Emergency Departments
INMO calls for return of mandatory mask-wearing in crowded settings amid record trolley numbers
Over 931 patients are without beds in Irish hospitals today – the highest number since records began in 2006.
Covid-19 and influenza cases continue to increase rapidly, while notifications of RSV are also increasing
A consultant at University Hospital Limerick said "conditions in many instances are inhumane"
Services at several hospitals around the country are under extreme pressure
# Dublin
Mater Hospital 'under extreme pressure', appeals to public to avoid Emergency Dept if possible
A spokesperson said that patients who are presenting at the ED with non-urgent conditions are “experiencing lengthy waiting times”.
Last year
2022
# ambulance diversion
Further protests planned over Navan A&E with Dublin protest not ruled out
Concerns have been raised by a number of politicians about the number of ambulances being sent to Drogheda.
# Emergency Department
Mater Hospital urges people not to attend ED due to 'high numbers of presentations'
The hospital urged anyone with non-urgent conditions to instead visit a GP or minor injuries unit.
# Overcrowding
Patient care in University Hospital Limerick ED compromised due to overcrowding
A HIQA inspection has found that the health and welfare of people receiving care in the department was at risk.
# HSE
Tánaiste says Government has not sanctioned the closure of Navan emergency department
The Health Minister said several issues must be addressed before any transition can take place, including capacity at other hospitals.
# Hospital
Emergency department in Navan to be replaced with 'medical assessment unit'
Medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes will no longer be treated at the hospital.
# Wait Times
Mater Hospital urges public to avoid emergency department due to ‘extreme pressure’
It advised people with non-emergency conditions to seek assistance from minor injury units or their GP.
# Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital urges public to not attend emergency department due to Covid-19 pressures
The hospital has advised people to either attend minor-injury units or their GP
# HSE surge
Ireland seeing record numbers of patients at emergency departments
HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O’Connor said that the surge was not flu driven.
# Overcrowding
Mater Hospital asks public to avoid emergency department as Covid-19 patients rise
Nearly 600 people were waiting in hospitals around the country for a bed this morning.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Healthcare staff on what it's like working during the Omicron wave
Click to listen to a GP, a paramedic, an emergency medicine consultant, and the head of an intensive care unit talk about how our hospitals are coping with the Omicron wave.
All time
# spiking
'Relatively few' incidents of injection spiking, say emergency medicine doctors
There have been reports of injection spiking in Ireland and the UK in recent weeks.
# Cork
People urged to avoid Cork University Hospital ED as HSE cyber attack impact causing 'extreme delays'
Dr Conor Deasy said the HSE ransomware attack had a major impact on frontline care delivery at the hospital.
# Impact
'Anyone who worked the weekend has aged hugely': Emergency staff under intense pressure amid HSE hack
The shutdown of the system has impacted on scans, laboratory work and access to patient files.
Delays in laboratories mean it is taking hours for patient blood work to come back.
Healthcare workers are asking patients who have to attend EDs to bring as much information with them as possible.
Risk patients' medical data affected by HSE ransomware attack 'will be abused', government warns
HSE won't comment on ransom figure, as other departments take precautions after cyber attack
# Emergency Department
'Significant' demand for beds at Limerick Hospital from people who had Covid, but still need to recover
The hospital group responded to calls from the INMO for a Hiqa investigation into overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick
# Limerick
People urged to avoid Limerick Hospital ED due to 'unprecedented level' of patient presentations
A total of 283 patients attended the Limerick ED in the 24 hours to 8am today.
# Delays
Mercy hospital in Cork asks 'non-urgent' cases to go elsewhere after surge in people attending ED
Patients who do attend the emergency department are likely to experience delays.
# Coronavirus
Sharp fall in number of people attending emergency departments in first three months of year
The average number of daily ED attendances at the end of March was approximately half what it was at the beginning of March.
# Overcrowding
'I'm exhausted': Frustration in the Mater Hospital's 'rammed' Emergency Department
The Mater was the hospital with the highest number of patients on trolleys in Dublin yesterday morning, according to the INMO.
# Overcrowding
Patients on trolleys moved from overcrowded Limerick ED after unannounced fire officer visit
The senior fire officer visited after concerns were raised about the number of trolleys in corridors in the ED.
# Back to Work
Nursing pay deal set to cost €10-€15 million this year and €30-€35 million in 2020
Finance Minister Donohoe has said that the Labour Court recommendations are “consistent with the public sector stability agreement”.
# HSE
Over 3,000 people attended emergency departments in Ireland yesterday
The HSE is encouraging people to go to their GP where possible, instead of attending hospitals.
# reform needed
Doctors say emergency departments are 'death zones' due to overcrowding
The Irish Medical Organisation has said that additional resources are needed immediately.
# Emergency Department
Brother of man found dead at Tallaght Hospital questions how his brother wasn't noticed for hours
Tallaght Hospital said an internal review will also be initiated into the circumstances of the incident.
# Galway
Galway hospital denies claims emergency department patients were 'hidden' during Taoiseach's visit
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited University College Hospital Galway last Thursday.
# Storm Emma
Emergency Department attendances rise sharply today in wake of Storm Emma
During the course of Storm Emma, the HSE saw a 41% reduction in attendances at Emergency Departments.
# Overcrowding
Temple Street asks parents to keep children away from emergency department as 14 left on trolleys
The hospital said seriously ill or injured children will still be treated as a priority.
# er
Major traumas will be sent to hospitals in either Dublin or Cork under new plan
A specialist trauma unit will also be located in a third location.
# Trolley Watch
'It's a wake-up call': 73 children on trolleys in emergency depts so far this year
The Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Association has just launched a new trolley watch system – where it counts how many children are on trolleys in EDs.
Voices
Dr Anthony O'Connor: Things we could do to get more people off trolleys
They can be done and they must be done – we have to believe that, writes hospital consultant Dr Anthony O’Connor.
# busy period
Surgeries at Cork hospital cancelled for two weeks as flu and 'revelry' make their impact
The move is an attempt to ease pressure on services over the busy Christmas period.
# under the weather
People urged to get flu vaccine after jump in cases of influenza-like illness
People in high-risk groups include pregnant women and those over the age of 65.
# Safety
Warning issued about window blinds to help prevent tragic accidents
Two children end up in US emergency departments every day due to accidents with window blinds.
# Zero Tolerance
How many HSE doctors does Navan hospital's emergency department have? None
Four of the five locum/agency doctors at the hospital’s emergency department went on wildcat strike two weeks ago in a row over plans to slash their rate of pay.
# Meath
Emergency department workers pin blame for hospital wildcat strikes on HSE
Navan emergency department was just one of many experiencing serious staff shortages as a result of the strikes this evening.
# waiting
Elderly people forced to wait over 24 hours in emergency departments of these 25 hospitals
Hospitals in Limerick, Dublin and Galway had the highest number of people aged 75 and over waiting more than a day.
# record highs
These are the most overcrowded hospitals in the country
There’s been an improvement in Dublin, but things are getting worse in other counties.
# Healthcare
Cork hospital so busy since Christmas Day, it's asking people to stay away
There was a huge surge in demand over the Christmas period.
# Waiting Times
The doctor revamping emergency departments in the US has some advice for Irish hospitals
“The patient doesn’t care who pays a salary or what title you have. People on the frontline need to be integrated in the decision making process.”