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# Patients

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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.
This 1940s letter describes the 'decent class' of unmarried mothers who were 'first offenders'
The letter details how one hospital was struggling to find foster mothers for children.
Nurse jailed for ill treatment of 92-year-old after family installed secret camera
The hidden camera captured the nurse poking the 92-year-old victim in the head and telling her to “shut up”.
Call to extend emergency medical card time limit for dying patients
Currently the eligibility period is six months, though one in five people who have these cards live longer and are then forced to undergo a means test.
More than a dozen children admitted as involuntary patients in 2013
There were 1,591 adult involuntary admissions last year and 541 regrades of patients.
Patients in a vegetative state are often misdiagnosed, but a new brain scan may help
Traditional methods of testing if a patient will recover can be ‘little better than flipping a coin’ in some cases.
Firefighters and emergency workers 'extremely concerned' about Ireland's ambulance service
RTÉ’s Prime Time programme documented a litany of failures of shortcomings in the National Ambulance Service.
Tracing The Blood Line: Here’s what happens to your blood after you donate
Ever wondered what happens to blood after it’s been donated? Here it is explained.
Tracing The Blood Line: Here’s what to expect when you give blood
Have you ever considered giving blood and have you ever wondered how the whole thing works?
Ambulance cover 'needs to treble' to boost response times
Deputy Denis Naughten said that the Republic of Ireland has a third of the amount of ambulances that Northern Ireland has.
People with serious illnesses asked to share their experience of palliative care
The qualitative survey aims to improve policy and services across the country.
Deal reached on 10 bed unit for CF patients in Cork University Hospital
There had been a row over how many beds would be secured, but the original plan can now go ahead, said Minister Kathleen Lynch.
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.
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.
New 'phenomenal' treatment uses patient's immune system to kill leukaemia
The treatment was found to work in 88 percent of patients, say the New York scientists undertaking the project.
Final part of Mater's €284m redevelopment move underway
The hospital will soon be a fully world class experience for patients, the hospital’s CEO has said.
Updating your friends - while in a coma
For one Kerry-born woman, it was just a case of having the right friend.
Concern over high level of undetected PTSD among Irish psychiatric clients
A new study also looked at trauma rates, and found that traumatic incidents were under-reported in some cases.
618 kept in hospital over Christmas - despite being cleared by docs
The lack of alternatives for elderly patients means that many are having to stay in hospital, which is costing the HSE money.
Chemotherapy rooms for patients at new Mater Hospital building 'overcrowded'
The hospital said this is a temporary set-up until a purpose built day unit is completed next year.
Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions
Yesterday’s conference on medical negligence was told the health service could save millions if the traditional deny and defend policy was replaced.
Children's hospital performs moving Katy Perry lip dub
There’s just… something in our eye. Or several things. There are several things in our eyes.
Patient group launched for people with severe respiratory disease
COPD is a lung condition that makes it hard for sufferers to breathe due to obstruction of the airways.
Talks between the IMO and HSE resume today
Last week, the IMO said progress had been made in the talks.
Consultants' association: HSE being driven by Troika demands, not patient welfare
The president of the IHCA also said that the HSE’s “unsympathetic” traits have led to action like the junior doctors’ strike which has created tensions among the ranks.
One third of people are not taking enough of their prescriptions to cure them
This figure gets worse for people with long-term illnesses as a report found they are often struggling with the cost of their treatment regime.
Patients at infection risk due to poor hand-hygiene
HIQA has found that a number of hospitals, including St. James in Dublin, are falling below required hand-hygiene standards.
Psychiatric unit placed CCTV in patients' bedrooms
An inspection report also found that one care unit provided an “institutionalised and socially impoverished” environment for residents.
2,446 children on eye clinic waiting lists at Crumlin Hospital
Around 1,444 are still waiting for an appointment at the Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
Major clean-up underway at flooded Letterkenny hospital
The Emergency Department remains closed and patients are being diverted to two other hospitals.
Doctors warn patients: Expect long waiting times to see your GP
Doctors say government cuts will lead to the ‘normalisation’ of long waiting times. “This move is not only mean-spirited, it is stupid,” said one GP.
2,500 patients a year are denied access to hospice services
There should be 450 hospice beds in the country. Today, there are only 155 hospice beds available.
105 people every day aren’t turning up for appointments at Galway hospitals
The HSE estimates that it cost more than €3 million to prepare for appointments for people who never showed up.
€1.5 million research investment into healthcare quality and patient safety
The research project aims to identify the most immediate and important safety and quality issues in the health service and improve care by developing changes in policy and practice.
University of Limerick scientists invent new metal to 'significantly reduce patient trauma'
Scientists in Limerick have invented a new metal that will make medical devices inside the body more visible under x-ray, resulting in “significantly” reducing patient trauma and hospitalisation time.
Cutting edge technologies in healthcare will increase efficiency
Tablet devices for nurses and electronic medical records – just some of the ideas showcased at a digital healthcare gathering in Dublin yesterday.
40 psychiatric patients escape from Kenya hospital after overpowering guards
Ten of the patients have now returned to the hospital and police said the breakout must have been well planned.
Reilly urged to help make Lung Fibrosis drug available
The HSE is currently in negotiations with the manufacturers of Pirfenidone, which has life-extending benefits for Lung Fibrosis patients.
Column: Competition in our health system – it’s time for that debate
There are many reasons why competition in the healthcare sector will not work in the same way as it does in markets for other goods and services, says Brian Turner – who asks if more competition would mean better value.
French patients keep HIV at bay despite stopping drugs
A new study reveals that 14 HIV patients have remained healthy for years after stopping drug treatment offers fresh evidence that early medical intervention may lead to a “functional cure” for AIDS.