Galway Bay fm newsroom – University Hospital Galway is ranked among the worst performing hospital for the number of patients admitted to bed or discharged at A and E within HSE target times.
The Irish Independent reports that UHG has a 73.9% rate, with Beaumont hospital in Dublin topping the worst-performing table at 67%
The HSE has set a nine hour target rate for patients to be admitted or discharged from A and E.
Figures collated for November, place UHG among the worst performers with a 73.9% rate, while Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe is ranked among the best with a 98% rate.
Other poor performers on the A and E league table include Beaumont hospital in Dublin, Cork University Hospital and Connolly hospital Dublin.
The report comes amid a warning from the the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine that a recent flu outbreak could “spread like wildfire.”
Beaumont Hospital and Kerry General have both put visiting restrictions in place to try and contain the virus.
The I-A-E-M believes the crisis is being exacerbated by over-crowding in Emergency Departments.
Transport Minister confirms Athenry to Oranmore rail study to begin shortly
Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has received confirmation from Minister Eamon Ryan that the contract to carry-out a feasibility study on the rail line will be awarded in February, with the findings expected to be published by September.
Minister Ryan has previously confirmed that the planned double tacking of the line from Athenry to Galway is a priority for his department, while has also said the upcoming study is likely to identify a significant package of works to improve the section from Athenry to Oranmore.
It comes as the population of both Athenry and Oranmore has roughly doubled over the past twenty years, while an estimated 1,500 people commute from the region to Galway city everyday.
Deputy Cannon argues a frequent and reliable train service is needed to encourage people to use public transport and take cars off the road.
He says he fully expects the upcoming study will recommend a significant investment in rail line – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…
Galway Simon warns of serious challenges this year
CEO Karen Golden says many challenges lie ahead this year…
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Portiuncula Hospital has country’s third highest number of patients waiting for beds
Meanwhile, there are currently 8 people on trolleys at University Hospital Galway today.