HSE unit deployed to Limerick hospital to address ‘chronic’ overcrowding'

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MINISTER FOR HEALTH Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the engagement of an HSE portion to code “chronic” overcrowding astatine University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

It comes aft a Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) inspector’s report recovered that patients connected trolleys astatine UHL had “little to nary privateness oregon dignity” due to the fact that of the terrible overcrowding.

On the time of the unannounced inspection, Hiqa recovered 60 patients had been waiting “an particularly agelong time”, including 1 diligent who had waited 116 hours (close to 5 days), a 2nd waiting much than 85 hours and different waiting 71 hours.

Another diligent waited 45 hours for an angiogram.

A HSE connection this evening announced that the squad volition beryllium onsite for 4-6 weeks and volition beryllium akin to teams that person precocious supported services successful some Cork University Hospital and Kerry General Hospital.

Donnelly met with elder officials from the Department of Health and the HSE contiguous to sermon contiguous responses to the unit connected 29 exigency departments crossed the country.

The Department said successful a connection that the treatment included the exigency section astatine UHL successful the aftermath of caller reports by some Hiqa and a HSE Expert Team, which were precocious deployed to Limerick astatine the Minister’s request.

The officials progressive successful today’s discussions included that Expert Team.

The Department of Health said successful a connection that HSE main operations serviceman Anne O’Connor has present written to some the CEO of University of Limerick Hospital Group and the main serviceman of Mid-West Community Healthcare.

She informed them that she has mandated the Performance Management Improvement Unit (PMIU) of the HSE to “engage urgently” with the organisations.

“The PMIU volition supply intensive enactment to some infirmary and assemblage teams to guarantee that the issues identified successful the caller assessment, and the HIQA report, are addressed arsenic a substance of urgency,” the Department said.

“While recognising that the programme of concern successful infirmary and assemblage capableness successful the portion is ongoing, the PMIU volition guarantee that each indispensable contiguous steps are taken to code the information issues identified, including chronic overcrowding.

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“A elaborate program volition beryllium urgently developed to guarantee that they bash not reoccur.

“Such readying volition see issues including; admittance avoidance, pre admissions, assemblage interventions and alternate pathways arsenic good arsenic issues regarding diligent travel done the infirmary and ED.

“Minister Donnelly has welcomed this enactment and has made wide that each indispensable contiguous resources volition beryllium committed to guarantee harmless and due levels of attraction are restored successful Limerick without delay.”

With further reporting from Jamie Mc Carron

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