University Hospital Waterford records drop in patients on trolleys

INMO figures for the month of June highlight a drop of 59 patients on trolleys in Waterford compared with last year.

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University Hospital Waterford has recorded a drop in the number of patients on trolleys compared with last June, according to Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) trolley/ward watch figures.

INMO trolley/ward watch figures for the month of June indicate that 347 patients were on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford last month, in contrast to 406 patients in June 2017.

Nationwide, INMO figures show a decrease of 4% (6,861) over the same period last year, when there were 7,124 admitted patients awaiting a bed.

The overall figure for the year to date remains high and records show that the number of patients waiting is now 87% higher than that recorded in 2006 (3,668). The figures, according to the INMO, demonstrate that it is now very necessary to start the overdue dialogue with the HSE in relation to increasing capacity for the Winter months.

“The figures show a slight reduction of 263 patients waiting for a bed in our acute hospitals in June 2018. The figure, however, is still extremely high, and there is little respite from the discomfort and indignity for patients and the stressful high-risk working environment for nurses in our emergency departments,” said David Hughes, INMO deputy general secretary.

“While we welcome this minor reduction, we require urgent and effective dialogue to prepare for the coming Winter. The obvious lack of bed capacity cannot be addressed unless the severe recruitment and retention crisis in nursing is tackled. Modular buildings alone cannot deal with this crisis and nurses must be recruited to care for the patients. Nursing pay needs to be at the top of that agenda.”