New record for patients on hospital trolleys

first_imgLinkedin Email WhatsApp Facebook University Hospital LimerickA RECORD high for the number of patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) was set this week, when figures from the INMO showed there were 70 admitted patients waiting for a bed.This is the highest number since the nursing union began counting the numbers of waiting patients. On Tuesday, 46 people were on trolleys in the Emergency Department and a further 24 were waiting for an in-patient bed in overflow wards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The numbers had decreased to 64 during the week.Limerick Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan said she is “calling for funding to open all available beds in hospitals in the region, for extra step-down beds where they can be provided and for additional Home Care Packages. It needs an urgent interim response from Government.”“No other region has the pressure we have and all other regions are better resourced for the populations they serve”.In a statement, hospital management said “UL Hospitals Group sincerely regrets that any patient has to face long waits in our emergency department.“The emergency department at UHL is one of the busiest in the country and the numbers presenting continue to increase year on year. Attendances to the end of December 2018 were 72,037 – an increase of 6.2 percent on 2017.The statement said the emergency department was exceptionally busy in recent days.“In the week between Monday, February 18 and Sunday, February 24, a total of 1,453 presented to the emergency department. In the 24-hour period to midnight on Monday, February 25, a total of 210 people attended the Emergency Department. We continue to see high volumes of frail elderly with complex medical conditions and regret that anyone faces long wait times while we prioritise the sickest patients. The Department is also seeing high volumes of surgical patients at present.“We are again asking members of the public to please consider all their care options before presenting to the emergency department at UHL.Injury units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm, and St John’s is open from 8am to 6pm for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.“UHL has just over 450 inpatient beds; this is recognised as not being sufficient for the needs of the Mid West Region. The Group welcomes the commitment to increasing bed capacity at the hospital,” the statement concluded. Printcenter_img Previous articleAfternoon delight with Finghin CollinsNext articleCity hosts flowers for Magdalenes event Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthNew record for patients on hospital trolleysBy Bernie English – March 2, 2019 1355 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Shell sells part of its Woodside stake for $1.7 billion

first_imgOil major Royal Dutch Shell has made an agreement to sell part of its stake in Australia’s Woodside Petroleum to equity investors for $1.7 billion as part of its three-year divestment program.According to Shell’s statement on Monday, Shell’s subsidiary, Shell Energy Holdings Australia Limited (SEHAL), has entered into an underwriting agreement with two investment banks, for the sale of 71.6 million shares in Woodside.This represents 64% of Shell’s interest in Woodside and 8.5% of the issued capital in Woodside. The deal was made at a price of A$31.10 per share, resulting in total pre-tax proceeds of approximately $1.7 billion (A$2.2 billion).The sale is expected to complete on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.Shell’s Chief Financial Officer, Jessica Uhl, said: “This sale is another step towards the completion of our three-year $30 billion divestment program, which is an important part of our strategy to reshape Shell, to deliver a world class investment case, and to strengthen our financial framework. Proceeds from the sale will contribute to reducing our net debt.”Upon completion of the sale, SEHAL will continue to own a 4.8% interest in Woodside. SEHAL has agreed that it will not dispose of any of its remaining shares in Woodside for a minimum of 90 days from completion of the sell-down, with limited customary exceptions.Back in November 2010, Shell sold 10% of the issued capital of Woodside, retaining a 24.27% interest. This interest was further diluted to 23.08% because of Shell’s decision not to participate in Woodside’s dividend re-investment program.In June 2014, Shell sold approximately 78.27 million shares in Woodside representing 9.5% of Woodside’s issued share capital, retaining an interest of 13.58%. This interest was further diluted to 13.28% because of Shell’s decision not to participate in Woodside’s dividend re-investment program.During the second quarter 2016, Shell management concluded that a change in Shell’s level of involvement over Woodside’s financial and operating policy decisions resulted in Shell no longer having significant influence. Its classification was therefore changed from an associate (carrying amount: $2,144 million) to an investment in securities (carrying amount at fair value: at change in classification in Q2 2016 $2,442 million). Shell in Australia  Outside of its interest in Woodside, Shell has the following interests in Australia: QGC venture (Shell operated, majority interest); Arrow Energy (Shell 50% interest); Gorgon LNG (Shell 25% interest); North West Shelf (Shell 16.67% interest); Prelude FLNG project (Shell operated 67.5% interest); Browse Development venture (Shell 27% interest); Sunrise LNG joint venture (Shell 26.6% interest); and Shell Energy Australia (Shell 100% interest).last_img read more

Jaguars aiming to maintain winning momentum

first_imgMAINTAINING momentum will be the order of the day when the defending champions Guyana Jaguars clash with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes today in round two of the Regional Four-Day Championships at Warner Park in St Kitts.The Jaguars are second on the points table, but will definitely start this round as firm favourites, taking into consideration their huge win in the opening round on Monday.They currently sit on 17.8 points, .2 behind leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.However, complacency will be the only thing that Leon Johnson and company will have to resist, but the Jaguars have never given the impression that this is something which imbeds itself in the way they operate.Monday’s win against the Jamaica Scorpions was the 18th time the Guyanese have gone undefeated since the 2013/2014 season.However, the contest will still generate a lot of interest in both countries, since the hosts have displayed plenty of character in their opening encounter, where they drew the game against former champions Barbados Pride last Monday at the venue.Antigua & Barbuda’s Rahkeem Cornwall led the Hurricanes’ charge when he finished with match figures of nine for 218.After that game, coach of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Reginald Benjamin, has hailed his team’s positive start, as encouraging.He told the Daily Observer newspaper that his charges look forward to their match against the defending champions, adding that he expects the team to improve as the competition progresses.On the other hand, the Jaguars’ batting and bowling departments have definitively clicked as a unit in round one. Four batsmen scored half-centuries, while the bowlers did their part, especially left-arm spinners Gudakesh Motie and Veerasammy Permaul, but their fielding remains a concern.Head coach Esaun Crandon has urged his side to improve in this area, in order to be a competitive force.Jaguars earned their points from a 181-run win over Jamaica while Red Force blew away Windward Islands Volcanoes by nine wickets at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad.Hurricanes are on 8.8 points, Pride on 6, Scorpions 4.8 and Volcanoes 4.Teams earn 12 points for an outright victory while extra points for batting, spin bowling and pace bowling are also up for grabs.Meanwhile, in other second-round matches Scorpions take on Volcanoes at Sabina Park and Red Force play Pride at Queen’s Park Oval.last_img read more