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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Hospitals

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# Waiting Lists
Over 584,000 patients waiting for their first outpatient hospital appointment last month
The public health service has come under pressure in recent months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
FactCheck: Does Ireland have the highest Covid-19 infection rate for healthcare workers in the world?
The claim was made by INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.
# Coming back
Number of people attending Irish emergency departments begins to creep up as Covid fears lower
Mass testing of nursing home residents and staff at the facilities is also now complete.
# 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.
Dr Gabrielle Colleran: 'We cannot tolerate elderly patients lying on trolleys when Covid-19 is still a threat'
Dr Gabrielle Colleran of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association says healthcare will have to take on a very different shape in the coming months.
# Covid-19
Consultant says private hospital contract is ‘a bad deal’ for taxpayers
Last month the government reached an agreement with private hospitals to use all of their facilities during the Covid-19 crisis.
# Coronavirus
Hospitals treating over 700 coronavirus cases, with 320 patients awaiting results
The report issued last night shows there are 320 suspected cases in hospitals that are awaiting test results.
# chief medical officer
Holohan urges people to seek help if they need it after seeing empty waiting rooms during his hospital admission
He said hospitals are not just for Covid-19 patients.
# Covid-19
First patients arrive at Citywest self-isolation centre as Harris warns of 'very significant pressure' on hospitals
Similar centres will be set up around the country.
'My flatmates moved out': Young nurses describe stresses at home over fears about Covid-19
For some nurses, it can be hard to escape talk of the coronavirus – even at home.
# Covid-19
Private hospitals will be made public for duration of coronavirus pandemic
The State will take control of all private hospital facilities.
# Covid-19
Council to implement identification system for healthcare worker vehicles to prevent clamping
There have been a number of reports in recent days of healthcare workers at hospitals having their cars clamped while they were working overtime.
# new babies
Pressure on staff and infrastructure in maternity services at Irish hospitals, according to HIQA reports
The Health Information and Quality Authority identified a number of areas for improvement to ensure that maternity services remain safe.
Dr Anthony O'Connor: History matters, but the record numbers on trolleys should trump commemoration debates
Why are we fighting the battles of the past rather than honouring the ideals of the Republic?
# Day Two
760 people on hospital trolleys for second day in a row as overcrowding continues
University Hospital Limerick is worst affected with 75 people on trolleys.
'The system remains under pressure': HSE continues to advise staying away from hospitals with flu symptoms
University Hospital Kerry will be cancelling all elective surgery for this week due to high patient numbers.
# Health Service
It's the worst ever day for trolley overcrowding in Irish hospitals since records began, INMO says
There were 92 patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Limerick, alone.
# Hospital overcrowding
'A national scandal': 2019 was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding as 118,000 went without a bed
Over 1,300 of the patients were children younger than 16.
# flu season
There's a 'significant' 11.8% increase in the number of people on trolleys this winter
“200 more people a day tend an Emergency Department now than when I became Minister for Health,” Harris claimed today.
# Trolley crisis
Trolley numbers for this year are the highest since records began, INMO says
The INMO said today that over 108,300 people have gone without beds so far this year.
# 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.
# 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”.
# Smoking
Anti-smoking policy at two Dublin maternity hospitals being flouted by patients and visitors
In 2013, the Coombe, the Rotunda and the National Maternity Hospital became tobacco-free campuses.
# Industrial Action
Hospital consultants to ballot for industrial action if govt doesn't provide 'concrete proposals'
The IMO said it is setting a 21-day deadline for the receipt of serious proposals.
Over 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts in Irish hospitals are being left vacant
One in six midwifery posts are being left vacant.
# foreign objects
Children who swallowed foreign objects accounted for over 2,000 hospital attendances since 2015
These figures were released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
# crisis
Record high number of patients waiting for hospital appointments in Ireland
The number of patients waiting for a hospital appointment has jumped by more than 40,000 people in 2019.
# Hospitals
Three-day strike by hospital support staff deferred after intervention of Labour Court
The issue centres on a dispute between the workers and the HSE over pay rises.
# Hospitals
'Disgrace': Record high in number of people waiting for outpatient appointments
556,411 patients were waiting for their first outpatient consultation at the end of May.
# Trolley Watch
Worst April on record as 10,000 people forced to wait on hospital trolleys and chairs last month
Some 106 children were among those waiting without a bed.
# Dignity
'It's about creating a system that's kind': HSE piloting scheme for homeless patients in hospitals
It comes as new stats show over 2,000 cases where a homeless person has been discharged from hospital in the past seven years.
# Your Say
Poll: Should sugary snacks and drinks be banned from hospital vending machines?
New proposals would see such products removed from hospital vending machines.
# Your Say
Poll: How do you feel about religious symbols in hospitals?
A new report has suggested that they be removed if a patient requests it.
# record numbers
'Simply appalling': Record high in number of people waiting for outpatient appointments
Figures could rise again next month, due to the fallout from the nurses’ strike.
# Industrial Action
Talks over nurses' strike end at Labour Court
Talks broke up this evening with no commitments for the nurses to call off the action.
# industrial unrest
Day three of nurses' strike: INMO denies that pay increases would lead to public sector 'free-for-all'
Three more strikes are due to take place next Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.
# Industrial Action
Nurses to meet tomorrow to discuss adding further strike dates
Nurses and midwives held their first 24 hours of a full strike on Wednesday this week.
# Picket Lines
'The relationship between nurses and the HSE is like a bad marriage': Nurses on strike all over country
The dispute centres on pay, conditions and staffing levels.
# Our Lady of Lourdes
Most people don't support changing hospital names to remove religious references
Locals recently protested the proposed name change of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
# Industrial Action
Psychiatric nurses to strike in February over 'recruitment and retention crisis'
They join members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation who are also due to go on strike.