Increased bed capacity in University Hospital Kerry would decrease frequency of mixed-gender wards

An increase in bed capacity at University Hospital Kerry would decrease the frequency of mixed-gender wards.

That’s according to general manager of UHK Fearghal Grimes.

He was responding to a query from Junior Minister for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin, who asked what measures are in place to end mixed-gender wards.

In an article in today’s Irish Independent, Mr Grimes says the hospital strives to maintain patient dignity and respect in all instances, including in the provision of men-only or women-only wards.

He adds that due to pressure on beds from the emergency department, there are occasions when patients are placed in mixed-gender rooms for short periods.