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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Emergency Departments

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# Overcrowding
‘Sensible people are putting their health at risk’ – Patients going to GPs when they need emergency treatment
Meanwhile, doctors are being balloted on industrial action at University Hospital Limerick.
# Overcrowding
Varadkar to nurses: Planned strike will compromise patient safety
The INMO strike will see rolling two hour stoppages at emergency departments on 14 January.
# Overcrowding
'It's absolute bedlam' - nurses' strike set to go ahead as 372 reported on hospital trolleys yesterday
The INMO believes there is “a tolerance of emergency department overcrowding”.
# Waiting Room
Stay away from Cork University Hospital, it's "exceptionally busy"
Unless they have to attend CUH, patients are being asked to seek treatment elsewhere.
# Gardaí
Car crashes into emergency department of University Hospital Waterford
The car crashed in to the entrance yesterday evening.
"A poor example": Varadkar heavily criticises Martin over emergency department crisis
The Health Minister said no one wants to sort out the overcrowding crisis more than he does.
# Overcrowding
Leo Varadkar 'needs to stop being a commentator'
The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has slammed the Health Minister in the wake of the hospital overcrowding crisis.
# going to get worse
'I'm sick to death of this problem' - Varadkar speaks out on A&E crisis
The Health Minister said the problem is going to get worse next week.
# Waiting Times
Irish hospitals aren't the only ones dealing with an overcrowding crisis
It’s a very similar story in England.
# Trolleys
Hospital overcrowding: Calls for Ireland to poach nurses from UK and Australia
A record number of people are now waiting for beds, with the INMO saying industrial action is likely due to ‘chronic overcrowding’.
# beaumont crisis
Leo says he'll get a plan to sort out 'chronic' hospital overcrowding
Health Minister Leo Varadkar says he expects the situation in Beaumont to ease this week — but nurses want an ‘emergency’ declared.
# No longer Bulletproof
Handguns are now the choice of gangland criminals - so more people are dying
A new study published in the Irish Medical Journal has also found that handguns have lead to a substantial increase in the mortality rate from firearm injuries.
# Overcrowding
Nurses to protest at Drogheda Hospital today
Nurses say overcrowding levels are dangerous.
# Ambulances
HIQA writes to HSE twice over risks to patients in emergency departments
The issue centred on what the HSE is doing to mitigate the risks to patients who are waiting transfers in EDs to inpatient beds.
# Emergency Departments
Emergency Department nurses to ballot for industrial action at Mercy Hospital
Staff say they are worried about a lack of staffing at the hospital.
Column: After six hours in the waiting room, my little sister's pain reached crisis point
We need innovative solutions to the increasingly dangerous and frustrating problem of overburdened emergency departments, writes Lauren Joslin.
'HSE says hospital overcrowding is improving, that's not what we're hearing'
The IAEM says the number of trolley inpatients in wards has increased since last year, not decreased.
# Self Harm
Children hospitalised after self-harming is on the increase
The HSE has said that 960 children aged 10 to 17 years presented to hospital last year with self-harm injuries.
# Healthcare
Almost 1-in-4 responses to 'life-threatening' 999 calls not meeting HIQA targets
In 65 per cent of cases, ambulances aren’t arriving at the scene within the 19 minute response time set-out by the health watchdog.
# waiting list
Over 49,000 people are waiting for inpatient or day case treatments
Some 5,829 people are still waiting over 8 months despite the government’s target to ensure no one waits this long for treatment.
# Healthscare
A&E wards could be shut over looming staff shortages, doctors warn
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine says emergency wards are already stretched, and it’ll get worse in July…
# Health
Minister for Health "winning the war on trolley numbers"
New figures show that there were almost 10,000 fewer people on trolleys so far this year.
# Overcrowding
Hospital warns of overcrowding crisis - and asks public to stay away
The Mid Western Regional Hospital has said patients should only come to its emergency department in cases of “urgent need”.
# Health
Mater Hospital issues capacity alert after ‘exceptionally busy week’
An alert was issued to staff at the Dublin hospital earlier today after it reached full capacity. The alert level has since been lowered with some pressures in the emergency department still being experienced.
Column: My night in the emergency department
Hospital staff say emergency departments are in crisis – but how is the experience for patients? Clare Kleinedler writes about the night she found out…
# Hospitals
Dept of Health to give €3 million to hospitals - but "crisis situation" remains
The general secretary of the INMO said the money is welcomed – but that Ireland’s Emergency Departments are in a “crisis situation”.
Column: ‘The system is sick’ – inside a hospital emergency department
Dozens of patients on trolleys and a handful of nurses struggling to keep up – emergency department nurse Anne Burke tells about a system in crisis.
# Protest
Protesters bid to save Loughlinstown emergency department
Emergency 24-hour care at the hospital is due to be suspended, in the same way as in Roscommon.
# Hospitals
Health service 'reaching breaking point' over doctor shortages
The warning comes as it emerged just 60 of nearly 300 doctors recruited from India and Pakistan have been registered to begin working.
# Hospitals
Some non-critical facilities to be moved from Galway hospital
Services within the HSE West hospital structure are to be re-balanced in a bid to reduce waiting times at University Hospital Galway, with some non-critical facilities to be moved within the month.
# Bounce
Trampoline-related injuries on the up
The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine is warning of the dangers of trampolines for children. It’s also advising that you should never drink and bounce.
# Hospitals
HSE agency staff ban 'will force more shutdowns like Roscommon'
Emergency departments in several more smaller hospitals could be forced to close, a medical association has warned.
# Shortages
Portlaoise hospital cuts services to cut costs
A memo sent to staff at Midlands Regional Hospital indicates that the out-patient and in-patient departments will be affected.
# Health Cuts
Health cuts could hit A&Es in Limerick and Drogheda
It comes as there were warnings about accident and emergency services in Dublin and Laois earlier this week.
# The Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
In today’s fix: Private courses for secondary teachers, goat-killing bodhrán makers and the Take That invasion begins…
# Portlaoise
Portlaoise A&E next for the chop?
It’s claimed the department will be unable to cope by mid July because of doctor shortages.
# Health Cuts
Anger expressed over downgrading of Loughlinstown A&E services
The emergency department at the Dublin hospital will close at some stage this year. Last year it treated 21,000 patients.