De­crease in trol­ley fig­ures

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THERE was pos­i­tive news for Our Lady of Lour­des Hospi­tal (pic­tured) this week as new fig­ures re­vealed the num­bers be­ing treated on trol­leys in the hospi­tal dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber are al­most half of what they were dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Trol­ley Watch fig­ures com­piled by the Ir­ish Nurses and Mid­wifery Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INMO) the num­bers treated on trol­leys in the Lour­des in Oc­to­ber this year was 257 down from 508 for the same pe­riod in 2016.

In both 2015 and 2014, the num­ber of peo­ple treated on trol­leys at the Lour­des dur­ing Oc­to­ber were over 600 so the lat­est fig­ures are wel­come news for the hospi­tal, which has suf­fered years of chronic over­crowd­ing.

How­ever, the fig­ures con­trast starkly with the over­all na­tional pic­ture, where the num­bers be­ing treated on trol­leys is in­creas­ing at an alarm­ing rate.

Ac­cord­ing to the INMO, the num­ber of pa­tients be­ing treated on trol­leys na­tion­ally has in­creased by 15% over the past year and by 28% be­tween 2014 and 2017. Over­all, there were 8,903 ad­mit­ted pa­tients, on trol­leys in Ire­land dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber and 82,459 peo­ple were treated on trol­leys, in Emer­gency De­part­ments or Wards, in first 10 months of 2017. This rep­re­sents a 96% in­crease com­pared to the same pe­riod ten years ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to the trol­ley watch fig­ures.

Speak­ing last week, the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the INMO Liam Do­ran said the Lour­des has ‘bucked the trend’ com­pared to the na­tional fig­ures.

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