Local Councillor, Charlie O’Connor, has called for action in respect of pressures on the Emergency Department of Tallaght University Hospital. He raised the issue at the February meeting of the Regional Health Forum Dublin Mid Leinster through a motion. “That this Regional Health Forum, Dublin Mid Leinster, calls for action to be taken in respect of ongoing pressures on the Emergency Department of Tallaght University Hospital; may we have details of additional funding being made available to the Hospital which caters for a wide catchment area”
The HSE told Charlie O’Connor that “a number of posts were approved for TUH under the “Winter Funding Plan 2022/2023” representing estimated funding based on the first point of the HSE pay scale. The total 32 posts included ED Consultants, Registrar, Clinical Nurse Manager and Staff Nurses.
In addition to the permanent funding for posts, the hospital also received funding to facilitate additional staff cover at weekend, this was across all areas of the hospital with a focus on improved patient flow at weekend. The Hospital also had very positive engagement with our community colleagues in relation to the reduction of the number of patients who are waiting on nursing home placement and home care to facilitate discharge.
According to Charlie O’Connor, who is a former member of the Tallaght Hospital Board, the situation at the Emergency Department remains difficult and he complimented the staff of the hospital on their endeavors. He committed to continuing to pursue the needs of the Hospital at every opportunity.