Use of trolleys in Emergency Departments under scrutiny after HIQA report

The Health Information and Quality Authority says it is "wholly unacceptable" for patients to be treated on trolleys in hospital corridors.

The HIQA warning comes following the health watchdog's inquiry into services at Dublin's Tallaght Hospital - where a man died while awaiting admission.

Hilary Coates - HIQA's Head of Operations - says the 300-page report contains 76 recommendations for substantial changes in hospitals over the next six months, and the trollies issue is a priority..............

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This morning, there were ten patients on trollies at Letterkenny General Hospital after what was described as a night which saw unprecedented numbers visit the hospital's Emergency Department.

A number of out patient clinics were cancelled as a result.

This evening, Health Minister Dr James Reilly confirmed he is sending ther HIQA report to every hospital in the country, and he wants the use of trolleys to treat patients in corridors phased out by the end of the year...........

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