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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Hospitals

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# Health
Reilly launches first ‘Early Warning Score’ for patient safety
The score is the first of the National Clinical Guidelines, and sets out how to recognise and respond to patients whose condition is deteriorating.
# Support
Daffodil Day campaign aims to raise €3.4m
The Irish Cancer Society is hoping to expand its Cancer Information Service which helps patients access the information they need to make decisions about treatment.
# Leaders' Questions
Kenny slams Sinn Féin 'witch hunt' against Minister for Health
Sinn Féin has demanded an explanation as to why emergency wards in Kilkenny and Wexford had upgrades ‘fast-tracked’.
# Hospitals
Documents show ministers announced hospital works before HSE Board knew
The opposition lashes out as RTÉ’s This Week obtains documents showing upgrades in Kilkenny and Wexford were fast-tracked.
Column: Why shouldn’t there be ‘abortion on demand’?
The Government is desperate to avoid “abortion on demand”, writes Sarah McCarthy – but in reality, women should be trusted to make the choice.
# vomiting bug
Visitor restrictions remain in hospitals due to vomiting bug
Restrictions are still place in Limerick and Cavan though the number of reported cases have significantly declined.
# Emergency
Air Ambulance Service completes over 100 missions
Independent TD Denis Naughten said today that there is a need for the establishment of a national helicopter emergency service.
€150 million to be paid by insurers to HSE 'by year end' - Reilly
The outstanding money is a result of private patients being treated in public beds.
# Health
Nurse staffing levels "critical", says INMO
The organisation said that nursing staffing levels in Ireland are at “critically low levels” compared to the UK.
# blood bikers
Blood Bikers zoom in to help patients in the West
The bikers work as an emergency rider voluntary service that transports blood, patient records and other urgently-needed items between hospitals in the Western region.
# hygiene
One third of doctors don't wash their hands between patients - report
An audit by the HSE shows the Mater private hospital in Dublin had the highest rate of compliance with hand hygiene.
# Hospitals
Report shows increase in people discharged from Irish hospitals
The ESRI report also showed that 46 per cent of the 25 per cent of women who delivered a baby on a public basis had an elective Caesarean section.
# Norovirus
Beaumont restricts visits after outbreak of winter vomiting bug
An outbreak of the winter vomiting bug means the hospital has introduced visiting restrictions, including to emergency wards.
# Hospitals
Reduction in waiting lists welcomed by Health Minister
Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health, said that hospitals have achieved success in reaching a target list for inpatient and day case treatments.
# New Deal
James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut
Consultants may also have to work weekends under the terms of the new deal.
# Japan
'Fake' Tokyo doctor treated over 2,300 patients
A Tokyo hospital is checking the qualifications of all staff after it emerged an unqualified bluffer had dealt with thousands of patients.
# Cuts
'Grave concerns' over controversial HSE plan to fire hospital staff
The HSE has produced a report which proposes getting rid of all agency staff in three hospitals – but the plan has drawn harsh criticism.
# Ambulance
Ambulance cuts "putting lives at risk"
A Dublin TD has said that reduction in ambulance services in Dublin could put lives at risk.
# Health Crisis
Patients angered by Michael Ring's Olympic homecoming comments
Sports Minister said his comments at Team Ireland homecoming about money spent on sport being “better than putting it into hospitals” was meant to highlight importance of exercise in keeping nation healthy.
# 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.
# Performance
Top performing hospitals, levels of absenteeism - HSE figures revealed
The latest HSE performance report evaluates hospitals’ discharge and admission rates, as well as response times and lengths of stay.
# Waiting Lists
"Too many people waiting far too long" - 200,000 on hospital waiting lists
A total of 806 people have been waiting more than four years for consultant appointments…
# Hospitals
Emergency medics demand commitment to solve overcrowding 'once and for all'
If Tallaght can change procedures within three days to cut waiting times, the IAEM says, so can other hospitals.
Report on Tallaght Hospital describes emergency department as "unacceptable"
Health watchdog HIQA found that over 80 per cent of patients in the emergency department were kept on a corridor and had to wait around 13 hours for a bed.
# Hand hygiene
Wash your hands: Irish start-up aims to beat hospital superbugs worldwide
The Irish company has been chosen by the WHO to promote hand hygiene globally. Thirty-five percent of healthcare facilities are at an inadequate or basic level.
# Health
Health Minister to address INMO conference today
James Reilly will address the conference as nurses and midwives conclude their annual conference in Killarney today.
# Waiting Lists
HSE: 178,000 waiting to see a consultant at an outpatient clinic
The Health Minister has said the number of people on waiting lists to see specialists is “utterly unacceptable”.
# Health
Thousands of 'incidents and near misses' at two hospitals last year
Medical Independent sees documents recording accidents and other incidents at Tallaght and Cork University Hospital last year.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as any of the bits and pieces you may have missed.
# Health
Nine hospitals carrying debts of €500k because of funding delay
Medical Independent reveals that funding for scheme to purchase private nursing home beds has been delayed.
# 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”.
# vomiting bug
Beaumont Hospital appeals to visitors over winter vomiting bug
The hospital says no children should be brought in as visitors and that people should avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital.
# Health
Dáil hears calls for justice for survivors of symphysiotomy
Symphysiotomy was a practice used during childbirth during the last century before the advent of safe Caesarean sections. However, it was used for longer in Ireland because of Catholic religious and ideological circumstances.
# 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.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
Your nightly news round-up…
# Air Ambulance
Air Corps flies five air ambulance missions in 60 hours
Patients and HSE teams were carried between Casement Aerodrome and locations in England and the Czech Republic.
# Children
Paediatric emergency ward overcrowding at 'alarming levels', warns health group
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine says paediatric emergency dept overcrowding has risen 700 per cent in three years.