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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# A&E

This year
# midwest
Ambulances will be able to bring patients 'directly' to Ennis instead of Limerick from Monday
The region has seen record breaking overcrowding in recent days.
All time
Professor Ronán Collins: Why do we put up with the state of our hospitals?
The consultant geriatrician says the hospital model of care in Ireland is broken and Sláintecare doesn’t seem fit to fix it.
Dr Anthony O'Connor: History matters, but the record numbers on trolleys should trump commemoration debates
Why are we fighting the battles of the past rather than honouring the ideals of the Republic?
# record high
There were over 50,000 people on hospital trolleys in the first six months of 2017
The INMO said that this was further evidence that our health service “simply cannot cope with the demands”.
# Reality check
Ireland has one of the worst hospital waiting times in Europe
We also ranked the fifth worst for getting value out of the money we put into our healthcare system.
Trauma units in nine hospitals could be set for the chop
A report in the Sunday Business Post says a report will recommend their closure.
# Mary Poppins
Supercalifragilistic-expialadocious - Mary Poppins' Dublin home is for sale*
*Well, her creator’s, anyway.
# Walkout
Watch: Not one, but two TDs have just been thrown out of the Dáil for getting very angry
Independent TD Finian McGrath became irate following the Taoiseach’s initial response to questioning regarding overcrowding in emergency departments. Jerry Buttimer soon followed.
# Galway
Elderly man has just been given a bed after 82 hours on trolley
The crisis in the A&E is hitting vulnerable patients.
# Dublin
Prisoner sprayed three officers with his blood as they tried take drugs from him
A parcel of drugs was passed to the prisoner in hospital.
# Overcrowding
Leo wants no more than 90 people on trolleys for more than nine hours by the end of 2015
Hospital waiting lists and overcrowding are among the biggest problems facing the health service.
# Emergency Department
Beaumont Hospital only admitting 'urgent' emergency cases due to overcrowding
Yesterday there were 45 people on trolleys.
# Your Say
Poll: Should drunk patients be charged more for A&E visits?
The suggestion has been raised in Northern Ireland that charges should be introduced to deter abuse of the system.
# 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.
# Emergency Department
A major concern: 'What would an unplanned visit to Limerick Hospital uncover?'
The emergency department at Limerick hospital was discussed in the Dáil today.
Column: 'He was given a clean bill of health, walked out of the hospital and took his own life'
This is the speech which was given by 17-year-old Conor McNally at the funeral today of his cousin, Glen Murphy McNally, who was found dead on Thursday.
Column: After six hours in the waiting room, my little sister's pain reached crisis point
We need innovative solutions to the increasingly dangerous and frustrating problem of overburdened emergency departments, writes Lauren Joslin.
# 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.
# freak storm
Temporary A&E opens at Letterkenny Hospital after massive flood damage
A freak storm caused major damage to the Emergency Department at the hospital in July.
# Healthcare
Almost 1-in-4 responses to 'life-threatening' 999 calls not meeting HIQA targets
In 65 per cent of cases, ambulances aren’t arriving at the scene within the 19 minute response time set-out by the health watchdog.
# Norovirus
Visitors warned to stay away from Beaumont Hospital
The hospital is trying to contain an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug and has asked the public to avoid visiting unless absolutely essential.
# Emergency Department
"Serious concern" over staff shortages in Emergency Departments
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine has said that the problem will worsen after July.
# Influenza
Public asked to avoid Beaumont Hospital over flu outbreak
At least 113 cases of flu have been recorded at the hospital since the outbreak began last month.
# Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital Emergency Department to close for 18 hours for relocation
The relocation had previously been postponed as management at the hospital said it did not want to impose additional pressures on other hospitals.
# Norovirus
Beaumont restricts visits after outbreak of winter vomiting bug
An outbreak of the winter vomiting bug means the hospital has introduced visiting restrictions, including to emergency wards.
# Ambulance
Ambulance service defends actions after teen's death in two-hour journey
The National Ambulance Service says it followed all correct protocols, and says the shortest route isn’t always the best one.
# Overcrowding
Hospital warns of overcrowding crisis - and asks public to stay away
The Mid Western Regional Hospital has said patients should only come to its emergency department in cases of “urgent need”.
# Overcrowding
Simple change to hospital management could save hundreds of lives - doctors
The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine believes changing the management of emergency departments could save hundreds of lives.
# Industrial Action
Limerick nurses vote in favour of industrial action
Nurses in the Emergency Department at the Mid Western Regional Hospital have voted in favour of taking industrial action over bed capacity at the Limerick hospital.
# Ambulances
83 per cent of HSE's new ambulances not yet put to use
The Medical Independent says less than a sixth of almost 100 vehicles bought by the HSE haven’t been deployed for use yet.
# Health
Belfast City Hospital to lose A&E department
Accident & Emergency services at Belfast City Hospital are to close due to a shortage of doctors.
# Roscommon
Mortality figures at Roscommon hospital disputed
The government has been accused of misleading the public – and the HSE has admitted that HIQA inspectors never visited Roscommon Hospital before compiling their reports.
# Roscommon
FG faces councillor revolt as Roscommon A&E shuts down
Two councillors quit Fine Gael over the Roscommon downgrade, as Kenny admits: Yes, I promised to keep services.
# Poll
Poll: Should politicians be held accountable for election promises?
Last February, Enda Kenny pledged to “protect and defend” the Roscommon A&E. With the emergency services at the hospital closing tomorrow, we ask: should politicians be held accountable for election promises?
# Roscommon
Enda Kenny made election pledge to protect Roscommon A&E
The Taoiseach promised to “defend” the hospital’s emergency ward, which will be closed tomorrow.
# Junior Doctors
President signs emergency laws to tackle shortage of junior doctors
President McAleese signed the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act, passing it into law, late last night.
# Doctors
Doctors arrive from abroad to help stricken Emergency depts
More than 100 doctors will arrive this week from India and Pakistan to help boost doctor numbers in Ireland and improve A&E waiting times.
# Roscommon Hospital
Denis Naughten loses Fine Gael whip over Roscommon Hospital vote
Naughten loses whip for voting against his party on the hospital cuts, while Frank Feighan faces the wrath of constituents for voting ‘Yes’.