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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Hospitals

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# Overcrowded
Number of patients admitted on trolleys up 187% in some hospitals
Five hospitals increased by between 75% to 187% in comparison to the same period last year.
# Healthcare
Irish hospitals to start giving away old equipment
The programme will help hospitals in Zambia and Uganda.
# end of life report
People with terminal illnesses should 'automatically receive' medical cards
The Oireachtas Health Committee launched its report on end-of-life care this afternoon.
# 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.
# get well
Most people in Ireland think hospitals are dangerous places
In a massive Europe-wide study, more than half of Irish people said it was likely that patients could be harmed by hospital care in Ireland.
# justice day for cleaners
'No one ever notices the cleaner'
Several events are taking place today to mark International Justice Day for Cleaners.
# Emergency
Junior doctors offered four times their pay to cover emergency department in Cork
The HSE says the department will be fully staffed, but did not comment on the cost.
# Beaumont
North Dublin psychiatric patients being treated in Cavan and Monaghan
In the wake of the resignation of the Beaumont Hospital Clinical Director, a local TD wants psychiatric services in Dublin examined.
# Tit for tat
INMO say proposals 'seriously compromise patient safety'. 'Scaremongering' says James Reilly
The health minister also cast doubts on the savings targets.
# Care
Unsuitable treatment for children in mental health units
The structure of one ward was described as “not suitable for residents”.
# Infection
MRSA has been in Irish hospitals for 40 years, but it's getting more dangerous
New research at TCD is looking to find out which strains will become the most dominant.
# Mother and Baby
Stark differences between childbirth procedures in public and private hospitals
Women in private hospitals are far more likely to choose to have a caesarean delivery.
# wash your hands
CDI is more common than MRSA and kills one in three Irish patients infected
Unlike MRSA, alcohol wipes do not stop the spread of CDI.
# patient safety
Patients more likely to die when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads
In Ireland, the average patient-to-nurse ratio is 6·9, which is mid-range in comparison to other European countries.
# Reform
'Trust of the community' needed if Dublin A&E closures go ahead
“We shouldn’t be scared of reform,” the Irish Patients Association said, following reports that a number may close.
# Outbreak
Visitor restrictions in place at Kerry General Hospital
An outbreak of a “flu-like” illness has effected the hospital.
# Hospitals
"Criminal" that potentially life-saving stroke machines are lying idle
The machines were purchased by the HSE, but only five of the 12 machines are currently being used.
# union strife
Remember the '24 No More' campaign? Hospitals still aren't complying say IMO
Up to 33 per cent of hospitals have not made sufficient progress and are to be penalised according to the union.
# clear the air
Hospital smoking bans are being ignored
The Psychiatric Nurses association at Kerry General Hospital say the HSE just wanted to make a ‘grand gesture’ but aren’t willing to back it up.
# Prime Numbers
RTE, health insurance, and the Queen: The week in numbers
Plus: What percentage of people aged 50 and older in Ireland are obese?
# Mental Health
Dementia sufferers 'inadequately assessed' in Irish hospitals
At any one time, one in four people in Irish hospitals suffer from dementia, with their care costing the state €21 million a year.
# Mother and Baby
Holles Street says they are ready for babies that were due at Mount Carmel
The National Maternity Hospital say they may request additional staff if required.
# Trolleys
Reilly 'acknowledges discomfort and distress' of patients on trolleys
Reilly was challenged by Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher in the Dáil today after it emerged almost 400 people were on trolleys across the country in one day this week.
# Health Cuts
Mass rallies planned across country as new National Hospital Campaign gathers pace
Tens of thousands are expected to turn out for ‘seven to ten’ large-scale protests around the country, organised to fight cuts to front-line services.
# Overcrowding
Almost 60,000 people waited on trolleys in Emergency Departments last year
New figures show the level of overcrowding at hospitals around the country.
# Overcrowding
374: Number of patients on hospital trolleys at highest in months
There are 374 patients on trolleys in Ireland today – the highest figure since April last year.
# no smoking
HSE says hospitals will be smoke-free by 2015
This will be the last year that people can light up a cigarette on hospital grounds.
# no smoking
Four more hospital campuses to become smoke-free zones from Monday
Hospitals in Rathgar, Bantry, Mallow and Kerry will all ban smoking on campus from Monday.
# Trolley Watch
Just 42 people on trolleys but 'one snowflake doesn't make a white Christmas'
The numbers are down significantly on last year when 107 people spent Christmas on trolleys in hospitals around the country.
# Health
HSE still reviewing where €108m 'unspecified' pay savings can be found in 2014
The HSE launched its 2014 service plan this morning, which sees the medical card probity figure dropping to €23m.
# no smoking
'All hospitals to be smoke free campuses by end of 2015' says HSE
Irish hospitals are hoping to implement nationwide as three more hospitals declare ban from January.
# Healthcare
Public, elderly and short-stay: Study finds 1.54m people discharged from Irish hospitals
A report into the demographics of Ireland’s hospitals has found the number of private patients has dropped while the number of public patients has increased.
# top-ups
Gilmore warns health bodies could have funding cut if they don't comply with pay policy
The Tánaiste has said that funding could be cut for agencies that do not comply with public sector pay structures.
# Drink
Here's how many people were treated for alcohol dependence in Irish hospitals
New figures have also revealed a big drop in the number of people being treated for alcohol-related liver disease in recent years following a massive increase in the boom years.
# Executive Pay
"Don't punish sick kids" - charity warns hospitals still need help, despite top-up furore
There is a serious risk of donors not supporting fundraising campaigns in protest over the top-up payments to hospital executives, a charity has warned.
# 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.
# Executive Pay
'Ministers knew' about top-up payments for senior health staff
“There’s only one thing that should happen now. Come next week, these payments must cease”.
# Executive Pay
'This has got to stop': Reilly concerned about pay top-ups for some health chiefs
Remuneration for some hospital chiefs has caused controversy in the last 24 hours.
# birth stats
Ireland has highest birth rate of all 27 EU nations
New figures from the ESRI also show there were 1,217 sets of twins born last year, and 33 sets of triplets.
# Smoking
Government to consider free nicotine patches for pregnant women
Minister of State Alex White told the Dáil yesterday that it is estimated that between 18 per cent and 21 per cent of Irish women smoke during pregnancy.