10,000 bed days lost at hospi­tal last year

Bray People - - News Focus -

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.

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