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Pressure mounts in Cork hospitals

Friday, 11th January, 2019 10:06am

Efforts are underway to try to ease the pressure on emergency departments across Cork as the amount of patients attending A&E surges. 

However, this does include suspending some elective surgeries, a new statement has confirmed. 

Some of the work undertaken by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare (CKCH) and the South South West Hospital Group to ease the pressure includes making 30 transitional care beds available outside of acute hospitals. 

These beds allow for someone who no longer needs acute care to be medically discharged, but still receive the support they need. Fourteen of those beds are located in Clonakilty Community Hospital and a stand-alone unit has been refurbished for these beds.

There are also plans to create additional bed capacity, purchase additional diagnostics, MRI, CT, ultrasound and ECHO for CUH and CKCH and open the Medical Assessment Unit at CUH 24/7.

There’s also a plan to open additional orthopaedic / trauma rehab beds in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital SIVUH in early February 2019.
Other plans include: 
· A frailty intervention therapy team (FITT) team working in the emergency department in the CUH.
· An additional senior clinician available in the emergency department and wards of the CUH, in an effort to improve patient flow.
· Suspending some elective surgery, so that people who present at the emergency department can be kept moving through the system.
· Extra home support packages.

CKCH and the South South West Hospital Group said that there are a number of things that the public can do in order to help with reducing the amount of people attending A&E. 
This includes speaking to your GP about the flu vaccine and book any routine GP visits during normal clinic hours and keep the out-of-hours service for urgent medical problems only. Always ring SouthDoc on 1850-335999 first so that a nurse can triage your care and provide you with an appointment time.
There are 11 injury units around the country, which can treat minor injuries like broken bones, sprains, strains and minor burns. The three Cork ones are in Gurranabraher, Mallow and Bantry. 
 

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