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# Emergency Departments

Last month
January 2023
# overcrowding crisis
Protests take place against overcrowding at 17 hospitals
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Limerick to protest the high levels of overcrowding at UHL.
# Overcrowding
Minister says patients that could be treated in minor injury units are turning up in A&E Depts
Stephen Donnelly says having more senior decision makers on site over the weekend will ramp up hospital discharges.
# 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
Last year
2022
# Waiting Lists
Healthcare report shows increase in ED attendances and outpatient appointments
Close to 200,000 people had been on outpatient waiting lists for over a year.
# Respiratory Syncytial virus
Children's emergency departments experiencing 'significant rise' in respiratory virus illness
The health minister says a rise in RSV cases tends to occur at this time each year.
# Scary
'Significant delays' expected in emergency departments over long weekend
The public is being asked to ‘consider all options’ before going to A&E so that those who need care most can be prioritised.
# Emergency Departments
HSE details hospitals with the highest average wait times
The highest waiting times were seen in Cork at Mercy University Hospital and Cork University Hospital.
# Covid-19
CMO doesn't advise for mandatory mask-wearing, as Tánaiste says public health emergency is over
Hospitals have been under serious pressure in the latest surge – with the worst March overcrowding for at least 16 years.
# Hospitals
Pressure on Emergency Departments 'worst since Covid-19 pandemic began', consultant says
Covid-19 cases in hospital are up 29% in the last week.
Covid-19 cases in hospital are up 29% in the last week.
As of yesterday, there were 1,395 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 55 in intensive care.
More than 5,200 staff are currently absent due to Covid-19, the HSE's Anne O'Connor said.
Limerick hospital defers most elective activity due to Covid and 'surge' in ED presentations
Virologist: 'Free mass antigen testing could help break this wave of Covid'
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# Emergency Departments
3 in 4 staff in country's two largest EDs showed signs of burnout during pandemic, study finds
The study was conducted by researchers at University College Cork.
# Emergency Departments
Hospitals granted 190 extra beds in bid to tackle winter pressure
An initial tranche of 83 beds have been approved for opening.
# Emergency Departments
'Failing Ireland's children': Hospitals postpone surgeries due to virus, flu and vomiting bug outbreaks
Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin hit out against the Taoiseach today stating that waiting lists for children are “quite shocking”.
# foreign objects
Children who swallowed foreign objects accounted for over 2,000 hospital attendances since 2015
These figures were released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# lengthy visits
Limerick Hospital worst offender for lengthy emergency department waiting times for over 75s
Nationally more than 1,000 people over the age of 75 faced emergency department waiting times of more than 24-hours every month so far this year.
# St Patrick's Day
People warned to not drink too much this weekend as surge of alcohol-related injuries expected
The HSE has said patients may face longer waiting times at emergency departments due to an increase in people attending.
# Temple Street
Significant increase in homeless children attending Temple Street hospital last year
Mary Lou McDonald has accused Leo Varadkar of ‘normalising child homelessness’.
# Under Pressure
'Wasteful, inefficient, horrendous': 30,000 people waited longer than 24 hours on hospital trolleys this year
The figures were released to Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly who called them “appalling and unacceptable”.
# winter plan
HSE wants to see patients as quickly as possible this winter - but admits it has no targets to do so
The executive published its €30m Winter Plan for 2018/19 today.
# reform needed
Doctors say emergency departments are 'death zones' due to overcrowding
The Irish Medical Organisation has said that additional resources are needed immediately.
# Cancer
Around 3,000 cancers diagnosed in hospital emergency departments every year
Over three in every four cases diagnosed in emergency departments are at an advanced stage.
# INMO
'It's absolutely deplorable': Record-breaking 714 people on trolleys in Irish hospitals this morning
University Hospital Limerick saw the highest figures today, with 80 patients awaiting a bed.
Voices
30 hours on a trolley in Kerry: 'I witnessed an elderly woman being shielded with towels by relatives'
John Paul O’Connor says he was shocked by what he witnessed at University Hospital Kerry last week.
# Trolley crisis
The government vowed to stop it, but 10,000 elderly people had to wait in A&E for more than a day
The HSE’s Service Plan for 2017 set a target that anyone aged 75 years and over entering an ED would be discharged or admitted within 24 hours.
# Trolley crisis
Private hospital beds to be used to ease Emergency Department overcrowding
Many emergency departments are experiencing very high numbers of patients presenting at hospital.
Voices
Hospital consultant: 'I'd like to dispel a few myths for people about overcrowding'
It’s a hospital overcrowding problem that has been decanted into the Emergency Department, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.
Voices
Open letter to Simon Harris: 'Our dad provided good service to Irish State but ended up on a trolley'
His last days were prefaced by an extended period of unnecessary suffering in the Emergency Department of his local hospital.
# broken promises
Hospital breakdown: 9,206 elderly people forced to wait over 24 hours in Emergency Departments
The HSE’s Service Plan for 2017 set a target that anyone aged 75 years and over entering an ED would be discharged or admitted within 24 hours.
# Emergency Departments
The HSE is working on an app that will tell you how busy your local emergency department is
A prototype of the app will be available by this November.
# Medicine
Older people ending up in hospital due to inappropriate prescriptions
People over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of medicine.
# Hospital overcrowding
'If this many people were dying in another way, there’d be war over it'
What do doctors and nurses want done to tackle hospital overcrowding and record numbers on trolleys? More beds, for starters.
# inside Irish hospitals
Patients describe nurses 'red in the face' from work and guilt of seeing elderly on trolleys
Over 600 people are still on trolleys in Ireland’s hospitals today, the second highest figure ever recorded.
# rsv
Long delays at children's emergency departments due to 'dramatic' spike in viral infections
The three children’s hospitals in Dublin have asked families to go to GPs where possible.
# Emergency Departments
Children's hospitals tell people to stay away due to "unprecedented demand"
Three hospitals in Dublin have issued the appeal.
# 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.”
# flu epidemic
Alan Kelly wants state access to private hospitals to avoid 'hell in our emergency departments'
Simon Harris is considering the move, but said it wouldn’t be straightforward.
# Emergency Departments
Heroin the number one drug for hospital admissions as 'legal high' use grows
A new psychoactive substance has also been shown to be on the rise.
# staffing crisis
Irish nurses are abused so often that many don't bother reporting it
INMO’s 97th Annual Delegate Conference kicks off tomorrow morning.
# Emergency Departments
Study tracking the 20 people who attend the Mater emergency department most finds most are men, all are unemployed
This group of patients often have psychosocial, substance misuse and/or chronic illness issues.
# Deliberate Self Harm
Self-harmers need to be seen in hospital, there's a plan to make that happen
There’s a new plan to ensure people who self-harm get the help they need.
# packed
Elderly woman spends 30 hours on a chair before being moved to trolley at Beaumont
Hospitals are also reporting a surge in people presenting with flu-like symptoms.