HSE says Kerry General emergency department ‘exceptionally busy’

The Health Service Executive says that the Emergency Department at Kerry General Hospital has been exceptionally busy in recent days with 121 patients attending the unit on one day alone last week. hospital trolley The statement follows claims by  Kerry TD  Martin Ferris yesterday that overcrowding at the department was ‘inexcusable.’ The Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation reported that there were eight patients on trolleys at the hospital yesterday. Deputy Ferris said yesterday that a man in his 80s spent 26 hours on a trolley at the hospital recently. He says more resources are needed and there are serious problems at the hospital as a result of staff shortages. The HSE says that the department has been very busy with 121 patients attending on the 8th June alone. This has resulted in long delays for some patients and Kerry General Hospital very much regrets this. According to the INMO, there were 11 people on trolleys on Monday and Tuesday of this week with 12 on trolleys on Wednesday. The HSE says all patients are triaged on arrival at the Emergency Department. This ensures that patients are assessed and a clinical decision is taken to prioritise patients and treat those in most clinical need first.The HSE says it cannot discuss the details of a specific patient but they want to encourage anyone who has concerns about their experience in the ED to liaise directly with Hospital staff or avail of the hospital’s comments and complaints service.