August 8, 2022

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Dublin’s Mater Hospital is appealing to the public, where possible, to avoid its emergency department...

Dublin’s Mater Hospital is appealing to the public, where possible, to avoid its emergency department today.
n a statement, the hospital in the north inner city said it is under significant pressure due to a combination of high presentations at its emergency department and a rise in Covid positive patients.
It is also in difficulty because of the number of staff absent due to contracting Covid or being a close contact.
It said that “where possible, the Mater Hospital advises patients with non-emergency conditions to seek assistance from other parts of the health service such as minor injury units or their GP.
“Unfortunately, those who do present at the ED with non-emergency conditions can expect long waits. “
However, any patient who is in need of emergency hospital care will of course be seen and the Mater would urge such patients not to delay and to seek such care.
Patients who have an appointment at the Mater should attend as scheduled, unless contacted by the hospital and advised otherwise, it said.
There were 584 patients on trolleys across the country this morning with 603 yesterday, the highest since before the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Clare TD Michael McNamara has called on the HSE and government to publish the findings of a review by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into the ongoing trolley crisis at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).
The Independent Deputy issued his request in the Dail after Junior Health Minister Mary Butler confirmed to him that the health agency has written to the CEO of the UL Hospitals Group with its evaluation of the current factors influencing overcrowding in the Emergency Department at UHL.
Deputy McNamara also called on the Government to confirm if an independent review, separate to HIQA’s review, would be carried out after the Taoiseach confirmed to him last month that such a review would be considered. Minister of State Butler confirmed she would seek an answer to the request from Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
“A full review of operations within the UL Hospitals Group is required if we are to ultimately find lasting solutions to the overcrowding issues,” stated Deputy McNamara.
He continued, “HIQA has a limited remit and would not be in a position to put forward such recommendations as the upgrading of Ennis, Nenagh or St. Johns to Model 3 Hospitals. Furthermore, analysis of the impact of population growth on the demand for services with the UL Hospitals Group is also not a consideration for HIQA.”
Deputy McNamara jointly raised the issue of overcrowding at UHL alongside fellow Mid-West Independent TDs, Richard O’Donoghue (Limerick) and Mattie McGrath (Tipperary).

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