Almost 4,000 bed days lost in UHK so far this year due to delayed discharges

3,887 bed days have been lost in University Hospital Kerry so far this year as a result of delayed discharges.

The information was released to Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil through a parliamentary question.

These figures represent an increase of over 300% on the 2017 figures.
Deputy Brassil is warning of bed shortages and serious overcrowding at UHK this winter unless urgent steps are taken to tackle delayed discharges.

Deputy Brassil says he has been warning about the situation in University Hospital Kerry for some time, adding no meaningful action has been taken by the HSE or Health Minister Simon Harris.

He says the figures are concerning as they only cover up until the end of October, before winter surge takes hold.

The Fianna Fáil TD says although money has been allocated to specifically focus on transitional care in the HSE’s winter plan, it’s coming too late when the problem is already extremely serious in Kerry.

He believes the only way to tackle the issue is through a whole health service approach, which needs to include home supports and step-down care in the community.

Management at UHK says its working on a pilot programme to transfer patients from acute to community beds, according to Deputy Brassil.  However, he says the pilot is due to run for 8 weeks and hasn’t begun yet.