Patient emergency target not reached

ONLY 36% of patients were treated within national time guidelines on a Bank Holiday Monday at Naas General Hospital last year, an inquest has heard in Naas.

ONLY 36% of patients were treated within national time guidelines on a Bank Holiday Monday at Naas General Hospital last year, an inquest has heard in Naas.

At the inquest in Naas on Monday last, June 17, into the death of 89 year old Kildangan man Kevin Langley, evidence was given that on 6 August 2012, the day Mr. Langley was admitted, just over a third of the patients who are supposed to have be seen, and either discharged and/or admitted within a recommended six hours, had been processed.

In her evidence, Ms. Fiona McDaid, the hospital’s Clinical Nurse Manager, said that the National Target for Emergency Departments is that 95% of patients should be so treated within six hours.

Ms. McDaid said there were 80 attendances at the Emergency Department that day, which was high for a Bank Holiday.

Eighteen patients were registered in the two hours before Kevin Langley. 59 were triaged as Priority 3 (Mr. Langley’s category), using the Manchester Emergency Triage System (MTS), a national triage system for adult patients in Ireland. Category 3 patients should be seen within one hour.

Ms. McDaid said the National Target for Emergency Departments is that 95% of patients are either discharged or admitted to a bed within six hours and 100% within nine hours.

Kevin Langley was waiting just over five hours to see the doctor and was admitted within 9 hours of arrival.

- Henry Bauress