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Delayed discharges at SJH ‘adversely impacted’ on non-urgent surgery

According to hospital Board meeting minutes seen by this newspaper under Freedom of Information legislation, concerns regarding access were raised last year.

In the Board’s meeting from last September, the CEO advised that the hospital “has encountered serious problems with capacity, resulting in cancelled surgery”.

“The CEO has written to the Director of Acute Hospitals on this matter and awaits a response,” read the minutes.

A hospital spokesperson told MI that these capacity concerns continue.

“Challenges with capacity and access remain,” a spokesperson said.

“SJH monitors bed capacity on a daily basis and every effort is made to facilitate planned surgery, with cancellations being used as a last resort.

“However, the high number of delayed discharges in the hospital has adversely impacted on our ability to perform planned non-urgent surgery.”

At the August meeting of the hospital’s Executive Management Group, the issue was also raised.

“It was noted that the last two months have been extremely challenging for the hospital in relation to bed capacity as a result of the high number of admissions through the ED and the delays being experienced in transferring patients to community services,” read the minutes.

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