Situation critical in Ireland's Emergency Departments

Is it time to cut the numbers of Emergency Departments to provide appropriate care?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
10th July, 2016
The nine hospitals targeted to be closed to trauma care

If you arrive at Portlaoise Hospital with a broken hip, doctors there will be unable to fix you. There are no orthopaedic surgeons working at the hospital.

If you arrive at Portlaoise Hospital with a heart attack and need a potentially life-saving stent to help unblock your artery, doctors there will be unable to do it. The hospital does not provide this service. Nor does it treat acute strokes.

Portlaoise is not alone. There are...

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