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

September 9

No Reprieve for Russia until after World Championships

first_imgUnder the current timetable, this will happen on a provisional basis in May and on a full basis in November.This means Russians would only be able to compete as neutral athletes at August’s IAAF World Championships in London.Thirty-five Russians have so far applied to participate under a neutral flag.To facilitate this process, more than 60 Russians are now part of the IAAF’s International Registered Testing Pool.Blanket approval has, however, been given to all under-15 Russian athletes to compete in international competitions, such as the European Youth Olympic Festival, which will be held in Györ, Hungary from July 22 to 30.Head of IAAF Task Force, Rune Andersen, insisted that Russia must either “convincingly rebut” or “acknowledge and properly address” evidence in the McLaren Report claiming that the Russian Sports Ministry and security services were complicit in a doping regime.Vitaly Mutko, the former Sports Minister who is now Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, was particularly singled out for his “negative and unhelpful” public denials and attempts to pin the blame on a Western political conspiracy.Insidethegames reports yesterday that he has admitted privately that they are struggling to deal with problems inherited from the Soviet Union before speaking differently in public.His successor as Sports Minister, Pavel Kolobkov, is also thought to be developing the same tendency.This was one of several “negative developments” pointed out in Russia since the IAAF suspension was first imposed in 2015.RusAF also continues to face “practical and legal difficulties in enforcing provisional doping bans”.There also continues to be “very limited testing of Russian track and field athletes at the national level” as well as “troubling incidents” where testing is taking place.To be reinstated, RusAF must “explain why in the past it has been unable to and how in the future it will be able to enforce all suspensions imposed on athletes and athlete support personnel under its jurisdiction in an effective and timely fashion”.They must also take “demonstrable objective and practical steps to cultivate the clean sport movement”.“Our priority is to return clean athletes to competition but we must all have confidence in the process,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.“Clean Russian athletes have been badly let down by their national system.“We must ensure they are protected and that those safeguards give confidence to the rest of the world that there is a level playing field of competition when Russians return.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Russia appears to have no chance of its International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspension being lifted until November, it revealed tuesday.This is because the Russian Athletics Federation’s (RusAF) suspension will not be lifted until the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is declared compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).last_img read more