10,000 bed days lost at hospital last year
PATIENTS who are fit for discharge have been taking up beds in Loughlinstown Hospital because they have nowhere to go for the next stage of their treatment.
Figures released by Fine Gael this week show that almost 10,000 bed days were lost in 2008 at the local hospital. Patients who need convalescent, rehabilitation or longer stay care remain on in acute beds.
‘Elderly patients are particularly badly affected as they account for over 85 per cent of delayed discharges,’ said Fine Gael’s Sarah Wray.
Loughlinstown was ranked seventh out of 37 hospitals for bed days lost. Those ahead of it include Beaumont, St. James, St. Vincent’s and Cork University Hospital.