Fewer patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital

The number of A&E patients awaiting for treatment at Naas Hospital remains low.

The number of A&E patients awaiting for treatment at Naas Hospital remains low.

On three of the last six days for which figures are available there were no patients awaiting treatment on trolleys at the hospital, which serves County Kildare and West Wicklow.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation there were 4 patients on trolleys at Naas on Monday, September 10.

There were also only four patients on trolleys on Thursday and Friday of last week.

According to the INMO, which gathers figures from every public hospital in the State, the highest number of patients since the end of last month was 8 – on August 28.

Other hospitals in the Eastern region have also seen patient-on-trolley numbers decline, notably in Portlaoise Hospital where there were no patients on trolleys for most of this month.

Congestion problems have also been successfully tackled at Tallaght Hospital also and at St. James’ Hospital.

Others, like St. Vincent’s Hospital, has an average of more than 20 people waiting for treatment on a trolley.

According the Health Service Executive the hospital management are implementing a framework to provide acute medical services and this is having “a significant impact on the flow of patients into the hospital system, the speed at which they are assessed by a senior clinical decision maker, whether through an Emergency Department or Medical Assessment Unit, and are then treated and or admitted.”

- Paul O’Meara