Overcrowding in emergency departments hits record levels

Overcrowding in emergency departments hits record levels
The Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is extremely busy today and people are being urged to contact their GP or GP out of hours services before visiting the hospital.

The Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is extremely busy today and people are being urged to contact their GP or GP out of hours services before visiting the hospital.

The spike in the level of activity over the past few days is due both to the number of patients presenting to the hospital and the dependency level of the patients who are presenting or are already in hospital.

There are currently 20 patients on trolleys awaiting admission and the hospital is working strenuously to ensure access to beds.

There are a number of measures being pursued in order to ensure that every patient who presents to the hospital is treated in a timely and safe manner. These measures include: patients are being reviewed by their attending consultant with a view to expediting discharges, consultant led rounds twice daily driven by Bed Management meetings, prioritising diagnostics for in-patients among others.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), there are 15 patients on trolleys at Sligo General Hospital.

As overcrowding hits record levels in emergency rooms throughout the country the INMO have called on the cancellation of all planned elective (routine) admissions, to the country’s hospitals for a minimum of two weeks.

The INMO made the call as the level of overcrowding in the country’s emergency departments reached an all time high this morning with 563 people on trolleys across the country.