160 patients walked out of the Emergency Department of University Hospital Kerry last July. They are among 50,000 patients nationally last year who left departments according to the Irish Independent which got the figures from the HSE. These patients are classed as “did not wait” and chose to leave before or after seeing a triage nurse or before seeing an advanced nurse, junior doctor or consultant. Other patients left before getting test results. In February last year 157 patients in Kerry did not wait, in October the figure was 92.