South Tipp General fails to meet HSE targets for waiting times

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Over 200 people spent more than 24 hours in the Emergency Department at Tipperary’s main hospital in September.

South Tipp General is one of a number of hospitals across the country which have failed to meet HSE targets for dealing with patients attending ED.

The Health Service Executive expects all patients to be treated at Emergency Departments within 9 hours while 75% of those presenting should be dealt with in less than 6 hours.

However South Tipp General has so far failed to meet this requirement in 2017.

The HSE’s latest performance report for last September shows that 215 people spent more than 24 hours in the Clonmel hospitals Emergency Department.

Only University Hospital Limerick, Galway University Hospital and Tallaght Hospital had higher figures that month.

For the year to date 67.7% of those presenting to the Emergency Department at South Tipp General have spent less than 6 hours there – below the 75% target while 79.8% have been dealt with within 9 hours and 92.7% in less than 24 hours.

In all a total of 1,646 people who attended the ED in Clonmel this year spent more than a day there – 291 of these were patients over the age of 75.