Written Answers. - Accident and Emergency Services.

Ivor Callely

Question:

571 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Health and Children the pattern of attendance at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, and Mater Hospital, Dublin 7, accident and emergency departments over the past 12 weeks; the average waiting period for medical attention; the average waiting period to be admitted to a bed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1645/99]

The information requested by the Deputy regarding the pattern of attendances in the accident and emergencies departments at Beaumont and the Mater hospitals over the past 12 weeks is listed on the attached table.

I have had inquiries made of both hospitals regarding the average waiting period for medical attention and the average waiting period for admission to a bed for the same period and I have been furnished with the following information.

Beaumont Hospital authorities have advised me that the average waiting time for medical attention in the hospital's accident and emergencies department over the last 12 weeks is 3.1 hours, while the average waiting time from time of arrival to admission to a bed is 10.5 hours.

The Mater Hospital authorities have advised me that the average waiting time for medical attention in the hospital's accident and emergency department over the last 12 weeks varied from immediately to six hours, depending on the pressure of work at the time. They further stated that they are unable to determine the average waiting time from time of arrival to admission to a bed. However, they stated that they record on a weekly basis the average number of patients waiting over six hours for a bed and over the past 12 weeks this averaged out at 16.
Number of new attendances at Beaumont Hospital and Mater Hospital Accident and Emergency Departments over the last twelve weeks.

Week Ending

BeaumontHospital

MaterHospital

17 January 1999

771

850

10 January 1999

956

1,025

3 January 1999

1,055

1,113

27 December 1998

939

947

20 December 1998

970

1,007

13 December 1998

899

968

6 December 1998

912

974

29 November 1998

896

1,041

22 November 1998

831

1,026

15 November 1998

909

1,052

8 November 1998

1,001

957

1 November 1998

890

907