All Planned Surgeries At Nenagh Hospital Cancelled This Week

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All planned surgeries at Nenagh Hospital this week have been cancelled to provide bed space for patient overflow from University Hospital Limerick.

As of last Friday only two days of planned health care went ahead at Nenagh Hospital since January 8th.

The latest cancellations mean that a total of 203 patients have had their procedure cancelled at short notice since the 8th of January.

Deputy Michael Lowry says the situation is causing anguish and upset to patients and their families. Specialist staff at Nenagh Hospital are also understood to be frustrated due to their planned treatment being postponed.

The specialist surgical staff are instead redeployed to other areas of the hospital.

Deputy Lowry is seeking clarification from HSE officials about the approach being taken to overcrowding in UHL and says it is dangerous to postpone surgical intervention when a consultant already deems it necessary.

113 admitted patients were reported to be on trolleys in UHL yesterday, 14 in Nenagh and 9 in Tipperary University Hospital Clonmel according to the INMO.