Limerick highest in country for patients on trollies

first_imgNewsBreaking newsLimerick highest in country for patients on trolliesBy Staff Reporter – August 20, 2015 585 Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE University Hospital Limerick has the highest number of patients waiting on trollies in the country this Thursday with 47 people waiting to to be admitted to the hospital as patients experience long delays.The overcrowding situation is further compounded with the unexpected large numbers presenting in the Emergency department of the Dooradoyle facility where some members of the public say they’ve been waiting for over seven hours.Limerick’s 47 patients on trollies is made up of 13 on the wards and 34 in the trolley ward.Nationally, some 319 patients are on trollies with Beaumont Hospital the next highest with 36 patients on trollies.The numbers of patients together with the delays experienced is in line with the review findings on the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) who analysed the July Trolley/Ward Watch figures and found that 6715 admitted patients,were on trolleys during the past month.This represents a 21 per cent increase, on July 2014, and is the highest ever level of overcrowding recorded for the month of July.INMO general secretary Liam Doran said:“This volume of overcrowding, in our country’s hospitals, during the month of July is unprecedented and cannot be allowed to continue. The additional funding for the Fair Deal scheme, with the reduction in the number of delayed discharges, is most welcome but, obviously, is not enough to deal with the system wide problem.“The health service must be given an additional funding allocation which will allow it, without waiting for the coming winter period or the next financial year, to open additional beds, with extra staffing, immediately”.Mr. Doran concluded: “It must be remembered that these figures represent individual people, who require admission to hospital, and their loss of dignity, privacy and access to care in an appropriate environment, cannot be forgotten and should be our priority. We must now agree sustained actions leading to increased capacity for the health service to deal properly, and safely with every person who presents for care and attention”.A spokesperson from the HSE at the University Hospital Limerick said that the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick has seen an unexpected increase in patients presenting over the last number of days which has resulted in high numbers of patients waiting on trolleys and long delays.“UL Hospitals Group apologises that any patient has to wait to be admitted, delivery of the best possible care for patients is our priority from the moment of presentation.   Staff across the Group, are working hard to ensure the optimum care and safety of all our patients during this very busy period.“Amongst the factors contributing to the increase in pressure within the ED is the older age profile of patients presenting along with the complexity of issues they have.   In addition, refurbishment work is underway in one of our in-patient wards to bring the facilities up to HIQA standards, with work due to be completed in November.  The temporary closure of this ward means that the number of beds available for in-patients in UHL has been reduced.The UL Hospitals Group said that the escalation plan has been enacted and among the measures taken to relieve pressure on the ED and reduce waiting times, are the transfer of suitable patients from UHL to Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and St John’s Hospital; the transfer of appropriate patients to community care settings; and better communication with GPs to ensure patients are referred to the ED only where appropriate.“The UL Hospitals Group encourages visitors to adhere to visitor times; 2-4pm and 6:30-8:30pm with a maximum of two visitors per patient.  Children under 14 years are advised not to visit.“Patients are reminded to keep the ED for emergencies only and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.  Local Injury Units are open in Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday and 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at St. John’s Hospital.  Patients aged 5 years+ with minor injuries; for example suspected broken bones in arm or lower leg, sprains, strains, minor scalds, burns or cuts are encouraged to visit their Local Injury Units for treatment.“UL Hospitals Group recently announced that contracts had been signed with John Sisk & Son Ltd for the fit-out and completion of the new emergency department and a state-of-the-art new dialysis unit. It is anticipated that the new emergency department, which will be treble the size of the existing facility, will open in the first quarter of 2017.“It is acknowledged that further interim measures will have to be taken to address capacity issues until the new ED opens. To this end, UL Hospitals has reached agreement for additional funding to open 25 extra beds in November to support activity levels in our emergency department at University Hospital Limerick,” the statement concluded. 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Cirque du Soleil Paramour to Land on B’way

first_img Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 The rumors from March this year were true and Cirque du Soleil is set to move into the Lyric Theatre, which will soon be vacated by On the Town. Paramour, the organization’s first show created specifically for Broadway, will begin previews on April 16, 2016 and officially open on June 2 at the venue.Paramour will unite the signature spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with Broadway’s storytelling. Set in the world of Golden Age Hollywood, the event will spin the tale of a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. Directed by Philippe Decouflé, the production will feature a 38-member cast that blends the best in circus arts and will be announced shortly.Artistic guidance will be by Jean-François Bouchard, with Pascale Henrot as associate creative director and West Hyler as associate creative director and scene director. Set design will be by Jean Rabasse, with costume design by Philippe Guillotel, score by Bob & Bill, choreography by Daphné Mauger, lighting design by Patrice Besombes, props design by Anne‐Séguin Poirier, projection design by Olivier Simola and Christophe Waksmann, sound design by John Shivers. The acrobatics creative team includes Shana Carroll, Boris Verkhovsky and Pierre Masse.last_img read more

Massachusetts moves ahead with 1,600MW PV incentive plan

first_imgMassachusetts moves ahead with 1,600MW PV incentive plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享MASS Live:State officials today announced the imminent launch of SMART — a long-awaited solar incentive program designed to add 1,600 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity to the Massachusetts energy portfolio.Following two years of planning and negotiation, the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved provisions of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target. The DPU order came days after a coalition of solar groups wrote to state energy officials urging that SMART, which was supposed to be launched over the summer, be implemented as soon as possible to maintain investor confidence in the industry.SMART features a flat tariff paid by investor-owned utilities to owners of solar arrays smaller than 5 megawatts, with added incentives for projects that meet certain policy goals. Commercial, industrial, and residential installations can qualify.“This is the most stable and predictable solar policy in the country,” said Patrick Woodcock, the state’s assistant energy secretary. SMART will replace solar renewable energy credits, or SRECs. The SRECs can be volatile because they are traded on an open market, said Woodcock. Projects that already generate SRECs will get to keep doing so for the 10-year life of the certificates.SMART contains an incentive for solar projects paired with storage. The technology, often in the form of batteries, helps renewable energy participate in wholesale power markets. Storage also helps utilities meet “peak demand” with low-emission sources. SMART also favors projects built on less-than-pristine sites — creating a disincentive for solar farms planned on clean agricultural or forest land.Massachusetts now has around 2,200 megawatts of solar capacity. Adding another 1,600 megawatts will push solar to around ten percent of the state’s annual electricity needs, according to the administration.More: State finally launches new solar incentive known as SMARTlast_img read more

Trojans to play the role of the underdog

first_img“For the Love of the Game” runs Wednesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Dave at [email protected] From entrance signs honoring the likes of Fred Lynn, Mark McGwire and Randy Johnson to the 12 national championship banners hanging so proudly as you step just a few feet inside the stadium to the Prior Plaza wall — which has 184 hanging plaques to commemorate every All-American and every major leaguer who has ever worn the cardinal and gold — it’s hard not to be reminded of the storied past that lies inside Dedeaux Field.On Friday night, for the 39th time in the venue’s prestigious existence, the gates will once again open for local patrons and fans -— young and old. The lights will flicker on ever so slowly and a new season will be ushered in with the hopes of a long-awaited journey back to Omaha.But the 2012 USC baseball team won’t be anything like the one that graced the field last year.There are some familiar names, such as seniors Andrew Triggs (starting pitcher), Kevin Roundtree (catcher), Alex Sherrod (outfielder) and Brandon Garcia (pitcher/utility).There are players on the rise, such as junior Adam Landecker (infielder), sophomore James Roberts (shortstop) and freshman Dante Flores (infield).But on the surface, not a single player currently on second-year manager Frank Cruz’s roster looks to be the next immediate member of any Major League Baseball club or All-American team.So how does a lackluster team try to restore the fading memories and once valued history of such a proud program after six seasons of dormancy?Every player who toes the first base line before Friday’s game against Jacksonville understands what it means to don the USC emblem. They also know, however, that this is not their father’s — or even their grandfather’s — Trojan baseball program.Since the Ian Kennedy-led squad that made the Super Regionals in 2005, the Trojans have not advanced to postseason play. They haven’t had a winning season and haven’t finished higher than fifth in the conference.Once thought to be the dominant program in collegiate baseball, USC is not even among the elite in its own conference, as Stanford, ASU, Oregon State and UCLA have since become the only true World Series contenders from the Pac-12.As bad as things have been in recent years, the baseball program at least had the luxury of showcasing one or two Major League-ready talents, whether it was Brad Boxberger, Grant Green, Anthony Vasquez or Ricky Oropesa.Frankly, this team has more star power on its bench with former All-Americans Eric Munson and Gabe Alvarez on the coaching staff than they will on the field.On talent alone, this might be the biggest question mark of a team the Trojans have fielded over the past seven years.But this team also has something going for it that the previous futile squads didn’t have: They don’t have to compete with anyone but themselves.“It’s not really about the past for us,” Roberts said. “We are not concerned with getting back to a place where other people outside of this program want us to be. It’s about right now with this team.”Right now the conference views them as bottom feeders — a collection of seniors not good enough to be slotted as early round picks after their junior season, a bunch of young guys not talented enough to hack it at superior regional schools, a program where several top recruits typically bolt at the first chance to sign a major league contract.Maybe this perception is accurate and then again maybe it’s not. Regardless, heading into a year in which there will be a complete reliance on the sum of its parts might just be the best recipe for success.Without a star or any sort of widespread attention coming from outside the clubhouse, this team will be able to grow together in a distraction-free environment. They will, maybe for the first time since 2005, have a chance to come together as a team rather than as a collection of players driven by false expectations.“Our chemistry is great right now heading into Friday,” Roberts said. “Everyone gets along and everyone is buying into Coach Cruz’s philosophy of making the guy next to them better. We have a good mix of older and younger guys, and so far, we mesh really well together.”Being close, on and off the field, doesn’t necessarily translate to wins or regional appearances, but it’s definitely a great sign of the surprises this team may have in store for the non-believers or the disinterested.When you look at it, the 2012 season is really a no-lose proposition for this year’s team. If they lose, no one will bat an eye. But if they somehow start to win and reinvigorate a sense of pride and dignity in a program that has lost its way in recent years, well, that could be a story that deserves a comfortable place on the walls of Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

NPFL: Akande Counting His Blessings as Rivers Utd, Sunshine Clash

first_imgGoalkeeper Abiodun Akande was originally Rivers United’s third choice goalkeeper behind Rotimi Sunday and Femi Thomas, but the former junior international has steadily wormed his way into the heart of the manager, Stanley Eguma, with brilliant outings, in recent matches.Akande’s performance earned him man-of-the-match award against ABS as he frustrated efforts made by the home side to put the ball behind him to confirm his progress.“I had a good game to emerge man-of-the-match at ABS. However, I am determined to be at my best in any match I am fielded. I thank God for my progress at Rivers United,” he stated. As Eguma prepares for today’s Match-day 30 clash against Sunshine Stars, Akande could just get the nod to continue from where he stopped at ABS.“There is nothing like former team to me as I don’t want to concede against any team,” he said.Since exiting the continent, United defeated MFM at home and a point on the road at ABS to move to 13thposition on the log. The Eguma tutored side is unbeaten in three matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt gives $100M to Georgetown University

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WASHINGTON >> Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank H. McCourt Jr. is giving Georgetown University $100 million, the largest donation in the school’s history, to create a public-policy school.The Washington Post first reported the gift by McCourt, who graduated from Georgetown in 1975. McCourt, who lives in New York City, sold the Dodgers last year for a reported $2.15 billion after taking the team into bankruptcy in 2011.The donation surpasses the previous record gift to Georgetown — $87 million — in 2010.The new school, which launches in October, will be named the McCourt School of Public Policy. It will focus on analysis of massive data files from government agencies and other sources to research education, health, poverty and other subjects.last_img read more