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Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda In Meltdown. 03.10.11
Due To Abject Failure Of The Reconfiguration Project

Press Release. 03.10.11

Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda In Meltdown Due To Abject Failure Of The Reconfiguration Project


- Record 53 patients on trolleys awaiting admission today
- Some patients have spent 5 days on trolleys
- 23 clinically discharged patients remain on in-patient wards

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is seeking a full independent review of the reconfiguration process in the North East which has removed vital bed capacity and directed additional patient traffic to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in the absence of adequate planning or provision of infrastructure or resources.  This situation is now causing untold human suffering for patients.

The INMO is seeking:

  • Urgent provision of fully staffed overflow area to care for admitted patients awaiting a hospital bed. The organisation has identified two areas within the hospital which could accommodate 16 trolleys; and,  
  • The immediate utilisation of the vacant Medical 3 Ward in the Louth County Hospital, Dundalk to accommodate clinically discharged patients.  This would free up 23 additional beds in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

The problem cannot be solved by placing extra beds on in-patient wards.  This is a tried, flawed and failed practice of the past which should never be revisited.

Speaking today, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Tony Fitzpatrick said:
“842 patients have spent time on trolleys in the Emergency Department at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in September 2011 compared to 331 in September 2010 – an increase of 154%.  This situation will deteriorate even further in the coming months as the Winter period is traditionally worse in Emergency Departments nationwide.

The INMO is again calling on HIQA to immediately inspect the unsafe situation which now persists in the Emergency Department in OLOH, Drogheda.



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