Minister of State Tom Hayes has paid tribute to management and staff at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel for keeping the number of patients on trolleys in the Emergency Department to a minimum while the number has spiralled at other hospitals around the country.
He congratulated the Clonmel hospital on ‘bucking the trend’ through efficient management.
Minister Hayes welcomed figures which showed that there were no patients waiting on trollies at South Tipp General Hospital over the weekend.
“This is in stark contrast to figures from Emergency Departments across the country which showed that as many as 600 people were being treated on hospital trolleys in recent weeks”, he said.
He added - “Despite the crisis affecting hospitals across the country, I am happy to see that South Tipperary General is actually bucking this trend and has effectively managed its departments so well, that no one was forced to wait for treatment on a hospital trolley in Tipperary’.
“I would like to commend and congratulate staff and management at the facility for this achievement. We all know the hardship faced by staff working in hospitals and the pressure that faces them each and every day to care for patients and treat them while also managing bed numbers while at the height of the busiest time of the year for hospitals.
“Their work is an example of how departments should be managed and run efficiently and the manner in which they do this will secure the future of services there into the future”, he said.