Over 250 elderly people spend more than 24 hours in Naas Hospital's emergency department

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Over 250 elderly people spend more than 24 hours in Naas Hospital's emergency department

Naas General Hospital

More than 250 elderly people experienced a waiting time of more than 24 hours in the accident and emergency department at Naas Hospital during the first three months of this year.

Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North, Frank O’Rourke said the HSE is failing to meet its own target that all people aged 75 years and over attending emergency departments would be discharged or admitted within 24 hours.

Deputy O’Rourke was commenting on new information received by Fianna Fáil  which showed that 254 over 75’s waited longer than 24-hours in the emergency department between January 1 and MArch 31, 2019.

Dep O’Rourke said: “The issues with Naas emergency department have been long documented but I believe it is particularly shameful that some of our most vulnerable people are treated in this manner. Sitting for hours in an emergency department is wearying, even for a person in the full of their health. To have a person, aged over 75, sit in such an uncomfortable and stressful setting for over 24-hours is cruel.”

He said the medical professionals and staff in Naas are working “their very hardest and the fault for this lies solely at the feet of the Department and the HSE.”

He said a lack of basic bed capacity is a fundamental problem in health care in Ireland and if this is not tackled “we can expect to see thousands more over 75's languish in emergency departments across the country.”