No blankets for amputee at University Hospital Limerick

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMedia blitz aims to ground ShannonNext articleDamages award for Limerick boy who was in two crashes Alan Jacques TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivillelimerickLimerick Trolley TalesUniversity Hospital Limerick (UHL) Advertisement NewsLocal NewsNo blankets for amputee at University Hospital LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 25, 2016 1110 by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AN injured father waiting to have his foot amputated at the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) spent the night before his operation in a ward with just his coat for cover, it has been alleged.And, according to the man’s son, Ronan Dunne, he was still left without blankets after surgery the following day.Mr Dunne recently took to the ‘Limerick Trolley Tales’ Facebook page, initiated by the Anti Austerity Alliance, to express his anger over his father’s treatment at UHL.“I am so outraged! My father went into the Limerick Regional Hospital last Tuesday due to a foot related injury. To make matters worse he was not given any blankets whilst in a bed in ward 1C,” Mr Dunne posted.“He spent his first night sleeping with the bare coat on his back over him. He was later amputated the next day. To this day, he is still in hospital and still has not received a blanket after asking numerous times,” he claimed.Responding to the story, AAA General Election candidate for Limerick City, Cllr Cian Prendiville, called on immediate action to “resolve the crisis in our health service”.“Underfunded, over-crowded, understaffed – this is the reality of the health service in Limerick. The austerity parties are running our health system into the ground. We now hear almost daily of the horror stories pouring out of our hospitals,” Cllr Prendiville declared.“The shocking inability to meet Ronan Dunne’s father’s request for a blanket is becoming an all too common story as the University Hospital Limerick simply does not have the resources to deal with the number of patients coming in.“I’ve also been told of cases where nurses had to give a patient their coat instead of a blanket. Is this what recovery looks like for public patients? If this is stability, I’d hate to see what the Labour Party and Fine Gael would call chaos!”Cllr Prendiville is now calling for extra funding to be immediately released to University Hospital Limerick to allow it to cope with demand.“What happened to Ronan’s father must not happen again,” he said.In response, a spokeswoman for UL Hospital Group said it could not comment on individual cases for reasons of patient confidentiality.“All hospital beds on all wards in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) are made up with sheets and blankets to required standards for the comfort of our patients. Any requests for additional blankets by patients are met,” she said. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Print Linkedin Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

A first for OH nursing

first_imgAn occupational health nurse has become the first nurse consultant in OH tobe appointed in the countryTammie Daly, an OH nurse with Nottingham Occupational Health, took up thepost of nurse consultant in occupational health at the start of June – thefirst such appointment in the country. Nurse consultants were launched by the Government three years ago as a meansof keeping experienced nurses in clinical positions, but until now have gone tonurses in “front line” and acute care positions. Daly has worked for the service, part of the Queen’s Medical Centre in thecity, for the past 10 years. She will maintain her clinical work – indeed, she is required to as part ofthe job (see box) – but will also be expected to take a central role indeveloping best practice at the trust. This will comprise a leadership role in training and mentoring other nurses,plus an element of research. Among her qualifications, Daly has a Mastersdegree in education. “For the first time it is saying clinical skills are of as much valueas management skills,” she told Occupational Health. “The main thing about nurse consultants is that nurses are being givennew career opportunities while keeping them within their field ofpractice.” Daly was at pains to stress it wasn’t so much her personally taking up theposition that was important, as the trust applying for it in the first place. “What it is trying to do is say that if you want to have a high-qualityNHS service, then you have to be able to look after the health of yourworkforce. We have got to look at innovative ways of promoting health atwork,” she said. To obtain a nurse consultant, a local organisation has to make a case forthe post. The request then goes up through the regional office to theDepartment of Health and, if agreed, the post is advertised. Many trusts are waiting to apply for OH nurse consultant positions and, nowone has been appointed, others will follow, forecast Daly. She now hopes to address violence against NHS staff and, particularly, howoccupational health can be involved in the rehabilitation of workers followingan attack. The role of the nurse consultant– Nurse consultant posts, first announced in 1999, are designedto offer nurses an alternative career track that does not mean they are forcedto go into management – Those filling such posts, which command a salary of £45,000,are expected to be experienced practitioners with advanced educationqualifications– They are expected to combine expert practice withprofessional leadership, consultancy, education, service development, researchand evaluation– Posts must include a firm commitment to keep 50 per cent ofthe time available to work directly with patients– The NHS Plan set a target to creating 1,000 nurse consultantsby 2004. By last September,124 new posts had been created, bringing the totalso far to more than 570 Related posts:No related photos. A first for OH nursingOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more