Delays in processing blood tests at Kerry General gradually being resolved

Kerry General Hospital, Tralee Problems with laboraties in hospitals in Cork and Kerry – which have delayed the processing of routine blood tests – are gradually being resolved, according to the HSE. Technical problems at hospitals, including Kerry General, have meant that test results for non-emergency blood samples haven’t been produced since Saturday, August 16th. Radio Kerry News revealed recently that the HSE had written to GPs in Kerry asking them not to send in non-emergency blood samples for testing because of technical problems with their IT systems. The IT problem does not prevent blood samples being tested but means that reports on the test results cannot be produced. The HSE says that a number of the lab IT systems are being restored on a phased basis and it is hoped they will be fully restored in the coming days. It says the service has put contingency arrangements in place to continue providing essential diagnostic services to hospital departments and GPs. Emergency samples are being dealt with manually and as a priority, which is contributing to delays but laboratory staff are working longer hours than normal. The Bons Secours Hospital in Tralee is assisting with the processing of some blood samples for Kerry General. IT staff are working round the clock to restore the system to full capacity, the HSE added.