June 4

New measures to tackle overcrowding at UHL

first_imgLinkedin “There is extreme overcrowding in UHL this morning” – UHL 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL WhatsApp Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL Email NewsHealthNew measures to tackle overcrowding at UHLBy David Raleigh – July 18, 2019 517 Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group center_img University Hospital LimerickUNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick (UHL) has introduced a series of measures to deal with “crisis” levels of patient overcrowding after it experienced a surge in patient numbers last week.Responding to calls from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) for the introduction of a “major emergency plan”, hospital management admitted it does not have sufficient bed capacity to cope with surges in patient numbers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UHL was the countrys’ most overcrowded hospital this Wednesday with 51 patients on trolleys. There were 400  patients waiting for beds around the country including 286 in overcrowded emergency departments.A statement from the UL Hospitals Group said that the emergency department at UHL was one of the busiest in the country.Last week it said it experienced “a surge in presentations including many from frail elderly patients with complex medical conditions”.A €25 million emergency department was opened at the hospital in June 2017 with designated spaces for 49 patients, compared with the old 33 bay accident and emergency unit.“While patients still face delays in the new emergency department, it provides for a much-improved patient experience compared to the old department and has resulted in improved patient outcomes,” a UHL spokesman said.“UHL has just over 450 inpatient beds. This is recognised as not being sufficient for the needs of the MidWest Region”, he added.“Measures being taken to relieve pressure on the emergency department include the transfer of suitable patients to other hospitals within the group, and other community care settings”.The strategy also includes improving access to homecare packages and transition care; working with Community Intervention Teams to provide appropriate care in a patient’s home or care facility and asking doctors to ensure patients are referred to the emergency department only where appropriate.The spokesman said that UHL was “meeting and exceeding national target of five days average length of stay for surgical and medical patients and are within target for medical and surgical re-admissions”.Last week, INMO Limerick representative, Mary Fogarty, said UHL was in “crisis mode” and called on the management to “halt all activity at the hospital with the exception of emergency admissions” to help ease pressures.“We are gravely concerned about the capacity of the service to provide safe care to patients. It’s clearly time for a major emergency plan at the hospital,” she added. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Facebook Previous articleA proud celebration for American newlyweds at Limerick PrideNext articleNew Music: Hazey Haze David Raleigh TAGShealthlimeirck city and countyNewsUHLuniversity hospital limerick Twitter Printlast_img read more

June 4

Oxfam Limerick may be closed but you can still shop Oxfam…

first_imgOXFAM Limerick may be closed, but you can still shop Oxfam this Friday with Fashion Relief TV – Broadcaster Lorraine Keane ‘s sustainable fashion fundraiser with Oxfam Ireland.The Fashion Relief team are springing back after a short break with rails packed full of pre-loved, brand-new and designer clothing, bags, shoes and accessories. Broadcaster Lorraine Keane said: “As the lockdown continues, which means Oxfam Limerick remains closed to play its part in Ireland’s response, we are delighted to be able to offer you a Covid-safe way to still shop Oxfam.“As expected, we’ll be showcasing beautiful pre-loved and brand-new pieces from the wardrobes of some of Ireland’s most fashionable women as well as from designers and boutiques from all over Ireland. People who tune in can click on the items they love and buy them then and there on Fashion Relief TV!“Thanks to the generosity of donors we have created our very own little Fashion Relief circular economy – as long as people continue to donate fabulous items, we will continue to have fabulous bargains up for grabs.Along with Oxfam Limerick, Fashion Relief is part of Oxfam’s solution to ‘throwaway fashion’, encouraging people to donate pre-loved items and reduce the amount of clothes that end up in landfill as well as shopping second-hand to give pre-loved clothes a longer life.  So, by bagging a bargain from Fashion Relief you’ll be shopping more sustainably and doing your bit for people and planet. What’s not to love?Keane continued: “I’ve seen first-hand how the profits raised by Fashion Relief and Oxfam’s network of shops help some of the poorest and most at risk people across the world. Even though things may have slowed down or come to a stop here, humanitarian crises continue – and are worsening since the pandemic was declared.“Just three weeks ago, a massive fire swept through the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The fires left 10,000 families displaced and in urgent need of basics like food and water. Hundreds more were injured. This was yet another devastating blow to the Rohingya people who fled shocking violence and persecution in Myanmar. Oxfam continues to be able to support and respond to events like this because of the generous support of Limerick people.”The show will be packed full of brand-new and pre-loved donated clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as a host of designer labels like Preen, Celine, Ganni and Alexander McQueen, pieces donated by Laura Whitmore, Caroline Downey and Lorraine Keane, and much-loved Irish labels like Aideen Bodkin, Louise Kennedy and Fee G – at bargain prices.To celebrate the re-launch Keane also has an incredible giveaway via Instagram.Keane said: “Who doesn’t love a little competition, and with a Loulerie necklace up for grabs, we hope the competition will be fierce! All people have to do to enter is RSVP for Fashion Relief TV via www.oxfamireland.org/fashionrelief, take a screen shot and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #FashionReliefTV to be in with a chance to win. People have until Friday at 6pm to enter.” Email WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Fashion Relief TV will air from Lorraine Keane’s home at 7pm on Friday 9th April on www.fashionrelief.ie.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article65 Roses Day Goes Virtual… Limerick People Urged to support 65 Roses Day on FridayNext articleCJ Stander and Tadhg Beirne named in Six Nations Team of the Tournament Meghann Scully Twitter TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostOxfam center_img Advertisement LimerickNewsOxfam Limerick may be closed but you can still shop Oxfam this FridayBy Meghann Scully – April 8, 2021 282 Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

May 3

“Oxford is still not Detroit”

first_imgA student from Christ Church suffered injuries and temporary memory loss after being mugged on his way back to college after a night out at The Bridge last week.Benjamin Anderson, an finalist Engineer, was attacked as he was walking past Hythe Bridge in the early hours of Friday 7th May.“I was walking alone back to college after leaving The Bridge. The only thing I recall is the flash of a face, and I don’t remember anything until I was back at the porters’ lodge at my college,” said Anderson.“I then spent the night at the A&E Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital until about 9am, where I had CT scans and an x-ray.”Thames Valley Police confirmed that the incident took place at around 2am. A spokesperson said, “A man was assaulted near Hythe Bridge as he was walking towards George Street from Park End Street.“The victim had his phone and wallet stolen, and suffered a temporary memory loss. He sustained cuts to his face, swelling to his eye area and has a chipped tooth.”Thames Valley Police are still looking for witnesses to help identify the assailant. Anderson “recalls that the attacker was a white male, about 6 feet tall and had short hair.” Anderson said that he cannot remember exactly what the man looked like, and that the police are currently looking at CCTV footage in order to try and identify him.“It’s all a bit hazy, the only thing I remember is him moving.”Anderson said that he was “not traumatized, but definitely pissed off. This is not something I would have expected to happen to me, having been in Oxford for three years. It’s not like you shouldn’t go out at all, but it is important to keep your wits about you.”Following the incident, Ian Watson, the Christ Church Junior Censor, circulated an e-mail to students, suggesting precautions in order to avoid being attacked when out at night.The e-mail read: “Some of you will already know that another Junior Member of Christ Church was attacked last night, on leaving The Bridge in the early hours.Although, fortunately, his injuries are less serious than they at first seemed, the attack seems to be have been vicious.”After highlighting the need to be careful when out late at night, and saying that it is better to leave in groups rather than alone, the e-mail warned that “size matters, but in a perverse way.”Watson said, “Across the country, large males are the most likely group to be attacked, because they seem worthy targets to inebriated male assailants (by far the most common category).“It’s no use thinking that if you are large and sporty you will be able to defend yourself. You won’t, because the attack will probably be over before you have time to react. Oxford is still not Detroit, but there is a need for great care nonetheless.”One student told Cherwell, “I never think twice about walking home alone at night. I always think of Oxford as such a safe place, regardless of the time of day”.Dani Quinn, OUSU Vice President for Welfare, circulated a message to JCRs urging caution to students. “Students are one of the most likely groups to fall victim to crime. It’s easy to avoid trouble if you know what you’re doing. Don’t be a statistic: take basic steps to avoid a bad ending to a great night.”last_img read more