General manager of UHK sought a major re-configuration of the hospital last year

The general manager of UHK sought a major re-configuration of the hospital last year.

In a letter sent to the CEO of the South/South-West Hospital Group, UHK General Manager Ferghal Grimes outlined a number of issues relating to the hospital.

He said that, while past support was appreciated, he felt compelled to outline the hospital’s “current fraught situation”.

In February of 2018, General Manager Ferghal Grimes wrote to CEO of the South/South-West Hospital Group, Gerry O’Dwyer, seeking his support for a major re-development/re-configuration of UHK.

He claimed that increasing bed pressures were a major cause of current issues: there was an 81% increase year-on-year in the 8am trolley count; the number of patients in the emergency department has reached record levels; and there’s a deficit of 33 acute beds.

Mr Grimes also noted the organisational impacts due to creaking infrastructure and limited resources.

The letter also touched on the shortage of consultants; the general manager said that a shortfall in key consultant positions and patient flow processes all require “shoring up”.

He added that it’s only by addressing such glaring structural deficits allied to a focus on capacity building and system redesign, can the hospital deliver standards of timely and quality healthcare.