Most patients could have avoided emergency department

first_imgUniversity 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 Keogh 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 AUTHORcenter_img 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 Emaillast_img read more

Midnight North Announces New Album, Releases Spring Tour Dates And New Single [Video]

first_imgThe California folk-rock band Midnight North has a new album, Under the Lights, on the way. Under the Lights will be the group’s third album and is due out on June 16th. Consisting of Grahame Lesh (vocals, guitar), Elliott Peck (vocals, guitar), Alex Jordan (vocals, organ), and Connor O’Sullivan (bass), Midnight North’s latest album was written following their first Midwest and East coast tour and captures the excitement during and following that period. The band’s Americana sound taps into Lesh’s father’s jammy Grateful Dead roots while also creating a sound of their own, infusing their own Western and blues influences throughout the album.To support this album, the band will be going on an extensive spring tour starting at the end of March. This tour will end with a hometown throw-down at the Bay Area’s Great American Music Hall on June 16th, which will also serve as Under the Light’s official record-release party. The first single off of Under the Lights is a tune called “The Highway Song,” directly referencing the album’s origins during the band’s former tour. You can listen to the single below as well as check out Midnight North’s upcoming touring schedule supporting the album. Tickets and more information about the band are available on their website here.[Photo courtesy of Daniel Ojeda]Midnight North Spring 2017 Tour Dates% with Nicole Atkins / “Brooklyn Is The Band” set# supporting Twiddle^ supporting Dead Feat* supporting Nahko and Medicine for the PeopleMarch 30 – Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PAMarch 31 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJApril 1 – Rock n Roll Resort V7 – Kerhonkson, NYApril 2 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VAApril 5 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY %April 6 – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CTApril 7 – Nectar’s – Burlington, VTApril 8 – Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY #April 9 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH #April 12 – Vegetable Buddies – South Bend, INApril 13 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI #April 14 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL #April 15 – Majestic Live – Madison, WI #April 16 – Miramar Theatre – Madison, WI #April 19-20 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH #April 21 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GAApril 22 – Pour House – Charleston, SC #April 23 – Jack Rabbit’s – Jacksonville, FL #April 25 – High Dive – Gainesville, FL #April 26 – Side Bar Theatre – Tallahassee, FL #April 27 – Bourbon Street Bar – Auburn, AL #April 28 – Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA #April 29 – Republic NOLA – New Orleans, LA ^May 19 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CAMay 20-21 – Hipnic – Big Sur, CAJune 8 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO *June 16 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CAlast_img read more

$5,000 IMCA Modified payday at Southern Oregon’s Lon Skinner Memorial

first_imgWHITE CITY, Ore. – The biggest Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified payday in the Pacific Northwest awaits the winner of Southern Oregon Speedway’s 20th annual Lon Skinner Memorial.The Sunday, Sept. 6 main event pays $5,000 to win, a minimum of $500 to each of the 24 starters and is a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Modifieds also race for $600 to win in their Saturday, Sept. 5 feature. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for top checks of $400 on Saturday and $600 on Sunday.Early registration and practice is Friday, Sept. 4 at White City.Early entry fee for the Modifieds is now $200 or $250 at the gate. Entry forms can be mailed to the track at 2177 South Pacific Highway in Medford, Ore., 97501.Transponders are required and a limited number will be available to rent. Hoosier tires, fuel and tearoffs will also be available in the pits.Grandstand admission is $15 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday or $30 for a two-day pass. Pit passes are $35 a day or $60 for a two-day pass.Brookside Inn is the host hotel and reservations can be made by calling 866 928-2314. Free camping, but no hookups, is also available at the track.More information is available at the track’s website or by calling 541 772-6264. Drivers can call the same number when using a credit card to pay their entry fee or for assistance in finding overnight accommodations.last_img read more

Osaze to become professional golfer

first_imgRelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Former Premier League striker Osaze Odemwingie is set to become a professional golfer. The Nigerian, aged 38, is currently going through his PGA training course and hopes to qualify for the EuroPro Tour via Q-School in the next year. Odemwingie, a 3 handicapper, passed his playing test, where you must shoot 15-over or better over 36 holes at The Belfry. The former Nigerian international made it with the final putt, which he compared to scoring a last-minute free kick. “I made it with the last putt so it’s as good as scoring a last-minute free kick taking 3 points home,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m ready to make some noise as a player as well I think. “So within the next one year I have a plan to do the qualifying school on the EuroPro Tour. “I think it’s achievable, I’ve improved as a golfer as well so I think there is a player in me. “Last year it was 8 [his handicap], worked on the short game a lot. It became 3.” Whilst it’s probably unrealistic that he does begin competing on the EuroPro Tour, the former striker hopes that at “minimum” he is able to help coach players from Nigeria and Russia, where his roots lie. “Raise a few good golfers, create opportunities for golfers from the countries I came from and one day hopefully they will be saying ‘yeah he got me into the game and now I’m a tour player’,” he said. “So that’s the minimum I want from the game. “I’ll try as a player but it’s more likely looking like from the coaching aspect of it.”last_img read more