An increase in patients with palliative care needs and those with alcohol and drug addictions this week caused a strain on University Hospital Kerry’s Emergency Department.
Yesterday, a record 21 patients were on trolleys in the department according to the Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation.
General Manager of the hospital Maria Godley says in non-emergency cases there is a very good GP and South Doc system and, if appropriate, this should be a first port of call for patients.
She says often the problem in the emergency department is waiting for a bed on the wards where it is not possible to move another patient along in the system.
Ms Godley says some patients’ needs are greater and this can slow down the system too: