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

HNLMS Johan De Witt, RFA Lyme Bay Take Part in Cutlass Express Maritime Exercise

first_img HNLMS Johan De Witt, RFA Lyme Bay Take Part in Cutlass Express Maritime Exercise November 21, 2013 Share this article Training & Educationcenter_img HNLMS Johan de Witt and RFA Lyme Bay have participated in the US led international exercise ‘Cutlass Express’.The exercise, which was held in several operational areas in the waters off East Africa, is a maritime exercise, designed to improve cooperation, tactical expertise and information sharing practices among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the region.On Tuesday 12 November, a team from HNLMS Johan de Witt, together with 23 servicemen from Djibouti, Uganda, Somalia and Rwanda came together to discuss and train in evidence handling procedures, with the focus on dealing with suspected Somali pirates.Lt Jaap van den Hoed of the Royal Netherlands Navy, who was one of the participants of Cutless Express stated: “The cooperation between all participants was excellent. I think that together we made fruitful steps in enhancing the maritime security in the region. It is crucial that evidence handling is carried out in the correct and effective way to ensure that anyone caught or suspected of committing acts of piracy, are brought to justice.”On the second day of the exercise, a medical team from HNLMS Johan de Witt conducted medical training for Cutless Express participants in Djibouti, with the basic principles of treating victims practiced. The so called CABCD method was briefed, highlighting the initial checks that should be carried out on a victim: Catastrophal bleeding, Airway, Breathing, Circulating and Disability. Afterwards, the participants trained on applying a chest seal, a bandage and a tourniquet.An important part of dealing with piracy, is the ability to perform boarding operations to search a vessel. During Cutless Express, RFA Lyme Bay took the opportunity to practice and demonstrate boarding operations on a large merchant vessel. The Cutless Express participants were divided into three teams and tasked to ‘search and secure’ different sections of Lyme Bay: from the Machinery Control Room to the Bridge on 9 deck.Members of the Embarked Forces from Lyme Bay played the role of the crew of the vessel being boarded. As part of the training, the participants were also tasked to check the crew’s details and ship’s documentation to ensure all was in order. As part of the scenario, one member of the ship’s company played the part of a suspicious passenger who had to be located and secured. The whole evolution was covered by the local Djiboutian press.[mappress]Press Release, November 21, 2013; Image: EU Navfor Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Johan De Witt, RFA Lyme Bay Take Part in Cutlass Express Maritime Exercise last_img read more