University Hospital Limerick in Dooradoyle. Pic Emma Jervis / Press 22UP TO 83 per cent of patients who presented to the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick on one day in September could have been dealt with at other assessment units within the hospital group.A study carried out on September 11 by the University Hospital Limerick Group (ULHG) found that the majority of the 171 patients who came to the emergency department could have been seen at another assessment unit or clinic if these had all been operating at peak efficiency.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Prof Paul Finucane, chief academic officer at the ULHG said: “We looked at patients admitted over a 24-hour period on that day. We had 171 patients who came to the emergency department over that period. Of those we estimated that 17 per cent needed to be there and the other 83 per cent in theory could have been sorted out elsewhere if the facilities were available.“For example if all three medical assessment units — the acute assessment unit, the surgical assessment unit, the local injuries unit — and the rapid access and outpatient clinics, if all these were operating at peak efficiency, then theoretically 83 per cent of all those who presented at the emergency department that day could have been seen elsewhere.”Prof Finucane revealed that plans are in place to develop the assessment units further to help ease the burden on the emergency department.Meanwhile, the hospital group launched its Winter Resilience Plan this week.UL Hospitals Group chief executive Prof Colette Cowan, revealed that 54 additional beds are due to be made available at the hospital by November.A ward that had been closed for refurbishments will be reopened, freeing up 24 beds, while a further 30 new beds will come on stream.In addition, a new stroke/neurological unit and a dedicated unit for patients with Cystic Fibrosis are also set to open next month.The units are located at the new Leben Building and have been funded by the JP McManus Pro-Am Committee and voluntary organisations TLC4CF, the Mid West branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and the Mid-Western Hospitals Development Trust.“Our winter resilience plan, which covers October to March, is about better proofing our organisation against the surges in activity we typically see over the winter period,” commented Prof Cowan.She added that the plan sets out a defined set of actions to be taken by all staff according to a colour-coded alert and escalation system.“It provides a clear understanding for our staff of what to do in every department and service area. It goes further than simply consolidating existing plans and includes a number of important initiatives and specific measures to cope with the increasing number of frail, elderly patients in need of care at this time of year,” she explained.The HSE is also advising patients to visit the emergency department only when necessary and go to their GP or Shannondoc in the first instance. WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSColette CowanfeaturedhealthHSElimerickprof Paul Finucaneuniversity hospital limerick Previous articleLimerick rape trial opensNext articleTV – Something for the weekend John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin NewsMost patients could have avoided emergency departmentBy John Keogh – October 22, 2015 938 Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email
“Poor calls robbed us of a golden opportunity to beat Abia Warriors hands down right here in Umuahia.“The League Management Company (LMC) has actually done a lot to improve the league, but I believe they still need to put a close tab on some of the referees. The referees in today’s (Wednesday) game were poor.“However, we are happy with the away point; it will serve as a huge boost in our subsequent matches.“I must commend the players for maintaining their composure throughout the game in the face of poor calls.“I’m really proud of the players as well as their performance, they played very well and have ignited a strong hope of survival.“We are certain to profit from this away draw when we confront Akwa United on home soil at the weekend,” said the former Warri Wolves coach to supersport.com.The away point at Abia Warriors takes the newcomers’ total earnings to 14 points from possible 60. but they are still rooted at the bottom of the top-flight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ikorodu United head coach Sam Okpodu has said his side are happy with their first top-flight away point at Abia Warriors.The Oga Boys were forced to a 1-1 draw by the hosts, Abia Warriors, in Wednesday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 21 clash at the Umuahia Township Stadium.Attacking left back Anayo ThankGod scored the match opener while Michael Olaha evened the score for the Warriors.Incidentally, the first fixture clash at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos ended in a similar scoreline for the two sides.Okpodu said questionable calls from the referees robbed his side of what would have been a well deserved victory on the road.