14/10/2008

Drogheda A&E Turns Patients Away

A Drogheda Hospital is reportedly turning away patients due to overcrowding.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that management at the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital had taken the decision to refer A&E patients to nearby hospitals in Dundalk, Navan and Cavan.

It is understood there are still around 34 patients on trolleys in the hospital's A&E unit.

Management at the hospital in the town are believed to be meeting this morning to review the decision, and have reportedly said the measures had been taken in order to relieve pressure on the emergency department and in the interest of patient safety.

However, the HSE point out that other emergencies such as trauma, paediatrics as well as obstetrics and gynaecological cases continue to be admitted to the hospital.

The hospital is the biggest in the north-east, and a new €11.35 million emergency Department is currently under construction at the site.

(DW)

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