Cork University Hospital (CUH) Emergency Department (ED) has been extremely busy over the last week with 1,273 presentations to the ED in the last seven days, according to the hospital.
In a statement, CUH revealed that 266 patients came by ambulance during this period and a further 439 patients needed admission to a hospital bed from the ED.
There were also 292 patients that needed admission from other sources during this time.
“Due to this increased level of activity and subsequent admissions, it is regrettable that some patients will experience delays in the ED,” said a spokesperson for the hospital.
“Patient care is paramount at CUH and this situation is being treated as a priority by Hospital Management who has taken steps to address this issue.” This latest news comes a day after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation called for the protocol applying to any emergency to be applied immediately to include use of the private sector, cancellations of all elective day and inpatient procedures and concentration on de-escalation procedures.
The INMO revealed that more than 150 people were on trolleys and in wards in CUH waiting for an inpatient bed during the first three days of this week.
The INMO’s trolley/ward watch recorded 1,718 patients waiting in EDs and on overcrowded wards for an in-patient bed for the first three days of this week.
CUH was the most over overcrowded hospital over the first three days of the week and 64 people were awaiting a bed in the hospital yesterday.
Hospital management have requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to attending the Emergency Department if their needs are not urgent.
The hospital said it will continue to provide emergency care to all patients who need to access the service.