High ED attendance at Tallaght Hospital

by Rachel Cunningham
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Tallaght University Hospital has reported a high number of attendances at its emergency department (ED) and has activated full capacity protocol. 

High attendances and high rates of admissions places the ED and the hospital under pressure, as there is a shortage of beds. Discharge from the hospital is a challenge because a high number of patients are waiting for home care packages or nursing home places. 

Representatives from the hospital have said that, while its staff works continuously to free beds for admitted patients, there is a clear underlying requirement to develop additional onsite bed capacity, due to Ireland’s ageing population. 

The hospital has issued a statement, advising: “Following completion of an external strategic analysis review, which was submitted to the HSE, we are waiting for sign off on this to move to the next stage in the process to develop a new 72 single-bed facility at the hospital to address these additional capacity requirements. 

“We are committed to treating everyone who presents to our ED however we do so strictly in order of medical priority. Given the volume of patients currently attending the emergency department, we regret there are lengthy delays and long wait times for those who do not need urgent treatment. 

We are asking the public to consider alternative care options before attending the ED as unfortunately people with less urgent complaints will experience long wait times.”

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