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Beaumont A&E Department At Breaking Point. 02/11/07

PRESS RELEASE, Friday, 02 November, 2007

47 Patients are currently awaiting admission on trolleys and chairs in the A&E Department of Beaumont hospital.

This level of occupancy is unprecedented and extremely dangerous.  It is distressing in the extreme for patients and staff in the Department.

This extremely high level of activity has persisted for days, and emergency ambulances are being routinely detained as there are no trolleys available for patients.

We are calling on the HSE and Beaumont Hospital to make a public announcement regarding the state of the department and to warn the public only to attend where necessary.

We are also calling on the HSE to take immediate steps to make step down beds available, which will allow the discharge of patients from the hospital, who currently are fit for discharge but have no place to go.  This in turn will relieve pressure on A&E. 

Speaking this morning Edward Mathews, INO Industrial Relations Officer said:

It is appalling that once again the public and staff, within this department, are suffering the effects of the ongoing A&E debacle. 

Every year it is identified that delayed discharges from the hospital will cause chaos in the A&E department, and every year we are promised more will be done. 

Yet again high numbers of delayed discharges are causing chaotic scenes, when will more be done?”


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