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Claim it took more than 8 hours to discharge waiting ambulance patient into UHK

Sep 7, 2021 13:09 By radiokerrynews
Claim it took more than 8 hours to discharge waiting ambulance patient into UHK Claim it took more than 8 hours to discharge waiting ambulance patient into UHK
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A Kerry councillor has claimed that it took almost 8 and a half hours for an ambulance to discharge a patient at the Emergency Department of University Hospital Kerry yesterday.

Fianna Fáil councillor Mikey Sheehy says a lack of capacity and resources within the ED coupled with the hospital getting busier are contributing to a knock-on effect on ambulances.

Cllr Sheehy is also renewing his calls for an urgent review of the centralised ambulance callout system.

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He says that the first available ambulance is tasked to an emergency regardless of where it is and this is leading to longer call out times, especially in rural areas:

Radio Kerry News has contacted the HSE for comment.

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