Limerick hospital still battling trauma surgery backlog

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first_imgLimerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days NewsHealthLimerick hospital still battling trauma surgery backlogBy Bernie English – August 14, 2020 355 “There is extreme overcrowding in UHL this morning” – UHL TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNewsUHLuniversity hospital limerick Linkedin Print Email University Hospital LimerickUNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick is still battling to deal with a surge in cases which need operating theatre time, including elderly people who fall and break bones.Last week, the Limerick Post reported that a large increase in numbers of admitted patients waiting on trolleys for an in-hospotal bed was largely due to an increase in numbers coming to the ED and an increase in the number of beds needed for trauma patients who were awaiting surgery.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a statment in reply to a request for an update on the situation by the Limerick Post, a spokesman said that this hospital “remains very busy due to a surge in emergency and trauma theatre cases over the past week. This upswing has continued to impact on patient flow in UHL at a time when significant numbers of unwell patients are attending the hospital’s Emergency Department. “We are sorry that any patient admitted to our hospitals faces a long wait time for a bed. We work to ensure that all patients continue to receive expert medical care while they wait, Between 8am last Wednesday, and 8am this Wednesday, August 8, there was a daily average attendance of 184 patients at the ED. Attendances fell over the weekend (134 on Saturday, 151 on Sunday and 145 on Bank Holiday Monday), but this was preceded by a daily attendance rate in excess of 200 last Wednesday (207), Thursday (204) and Friday (214). Following the significant reduction in emergency presentations during the Covid-19 pandemic (levels for March and April 2020 were 144 and 154 respectively), current weekday attendances at the ED frequently surpass 200. Average daily ED presentations for 2019 were 195. “Patients were waiting in individual bays, on beds or trolleys. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been no patients on trolleys on corridors in the hospital’s general wards.“Having created capacity for the anticipated Covid-19 surge during March by deferring almost all elective activity, we are now gradually and carefully resuming scheduled care, prioritising care for the sickest patients first. Where patients can safely be seen virtually, this is being facilitated.As part of the Covid precautions, non-Covid patients were diverted to the Acute Surgical Assessment Unit or Acute Medical Unit, “meaning we have effectively been operating three EDs in recent months,” the spokesman said.As part of the drive to bring down the numbers waiting for trauma surgery, the hospital has called in theatre nurses from Ennis and other hospitals in the group so that more theatre time can be offered to patients. As well as identifying patients who can are discharged and treated in the community by specialist teams, the hospital is using the Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) at the University of Limerick. As as of Tuesday morning there were 28 patients being cared for in the facility. Capacity can be further increased in line with demand.center_img Previous articleMunster confirm academy player has tested positive for COVID-19Next articleLimerick Senior Football Championship Preview Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group Twitter 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL last_img read more

Nearly 1 in 3 households now in mortgage stress, with high income earners under pressure

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first_imgDigital Finance Analytics principal Martin North.The analysis is based on information from 52,000 household surveys, public data from the RBA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and APRA, and private data from lenders and aggregators. Households are defined as “stressed” when net income does not cover ongoing costs.It comes as recent analysis of ABS surveys by property research firm CoreLogic found nearly three out of four households are indebted — and the richer you are, the more debt you’re likely to have.“The results are not necessarily what you’d expect with higher income households more likely to be over-indebted than lower income ones,” CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said.According to Digital Finance Analytics, the debt-to-income ratios in severely stressed households were on average eleven times their current annual incomes.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoA survey by HashChing found 92 per cent of mortgage brokers believe interest rates will stay on hold this month.WORST POSTCODES FOR MORTGAGE STRESS IN QLD4350 (Toowoomba region)4670 (Bundaberg region)4740 (Mackay region)4680 (Gladstone region)4870 (Cairns region)4211 (Nerang, Gaven, Carrara, Pacific Pines)4655 (Hervey Bay region)4701 (Rockhampton region)4551 (Caloundra, Currimundi, Dicky Beach)4570 (Gympie region)4207 (Beenleigh, Logan)4300 (Gailes, Goodna, Springfield, Brookwater)4556 (Buderim, Kunda Park, Sippy Downs)4069 (Brookfield, Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket, Kenmore)4053 (Everton Park, Stafford, Mitchelton)4165 (Mount Cotton, Redland Bay, Victoria Point)4305 (Ipswich region)4017 (Bracken Ridge, Brighton, Deagon, Sandgate)4220 (Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Miami)4152 (Camp Hill, Carina, Carina Heights, Carindale) .Even households in affluent suburbs are now being impacted by mortgage stress, according to Digital Finance Analytics.Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North said continued pressure from low wage growth and rising living costs meant those households with bigger mortgages were especially under pressure.“A rising number of more affluent households are being impacted as the contagion of mortgage stress continues to spread beyond the traditional mortgage belts,” he said.“Some households are now making larger mortgage repayments following out of cycle interest rate rises, and are simultaneously facing higher power prices, council rates and childcarecosts.“This remains a deadly combination and is touching households across the country, not just in the mortgage belts.” MORTGAGE STRESS .. Couple and baby in dining room with laptopALMOST 50,000 households are at risk of defaulting on their home loans in the next 12 months and nearly a third of homeowners are in mortgage stress, new figures show.The latest mortgage stress and default modelling from Digital Finance Analytics for the month of September reveals more than 905,000 households are estimated to be in mortgage stress — 45,000 more than there were the month prior.And even high income households are feeling the squeeze.The numbers have been crunched ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s October board meeting, with the official cash rate expected to remain unchanged at 1.5 per cent. Housing markets continue to cool Tenants from hell on the rise Swim star buys on the Goldie Of those households, 18,000 are in severe stress, which means they are unable to meet home loan repayments with their current income.In Queensland, the number of households in mortgage stress increased by 21,500 to 168,051 in September, with around 9,100 of those at risk of default.But if interest rates were to rise by just 0.5 per cent, that figure would jump to more than 197,000 households in stress. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The worst affected regions include Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Mackay, Gladstone, Cairns and Hervey Bay.But higher income postcodes incorporating the Brisbane suburbs of Camp Hill, Carina, Brookfield and Fig Tree Pocket are also feeling the pinch.center_img The RBA is expected to hold the central cash rate steady at 1.5 per cent at its October board meeting. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.last_img read more

Demerara emerge champions of GCB/Hand-in-Hand U-19 tourney

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first_imgDEMERARA emerged champions of this year’s GCB/Hand-in-Hand Under-19 Inter-county three-day tournament based on points, after early morning rains forced the umpires to abandon matches at the Everest Cricket Club and Police Sports Club grounds.Demerara ended with 25.5 points, Berbice followed with 19.7 points. The Select Under-17, from which players will be drawn for next month’s regional U-17 tournament, had 11.1 points, finishing just ahead of the 8.6 points that the Essequibo team managed.All-rounder Kevlon Anderson gained the man-of-the-match award for the Select U-17 versus Essequibo, while Karan Arjpaul was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling performance of 9 for 22 for Berbice against Demerara on Wednesday.Raymond Perez received the award for the highest aggregate of runs in tournament, that of 259, with a best of 125, while Keshram Seyhodan got the trophy for the most wickets in the tournament – 18.West Indies Youth selectee Joshua Persaud and Robin Williams shared the award for the most dismissals, three each. Bhaskar Yadram, another West Indies Youth selectee, got the MVP award for aggregating 204 runs, taking 20 wickets and collecting two dismissals in the match as he was the designated wicketkeeper.The inclement weather that curtailed yesterday’s matches had plagued the tournament from the beginning of the 50-overs format in May.Both venues experienced unexpected terminations as early morning rains greatly affected the outfield of play, rendering the final day’s play impossible, and the umpires abandoned play at both venues at the stroke of tea at 14:30hrs.All were presented with their prizes at a presentation ceremony that followed. Sponsors, executives, staffs and spectators were present.Presenting on behalf of the Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire and Life Insurance Company was the company’s Business Development Supervisor Shafeena JumanJuman extended warm wishes to players and thanked them for participating in the tournament.Secretary of Guyana Cricket Board, Anand Sanasie, and Nazimul Drepaul were also in attendance and expressed thanks to the sponsors and best wishes to the teams in their future endeavours.The GCB has over the years been in great support for Inter-county cricket in Guyana.The GCB’s next focus will now be to select and prepare the teams for the upcoming Regional age-group tournaments next month.The Regional U-19 competition is set for St Kitts from July 21 to August 28, while a national U-17 team will represent Guyana at the Regional U-17 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago July 8-18.last_img read more