Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (207)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

207. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the current target waiting times for patients to be treated in the accident and emergency unit of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9. [44990/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Special Delivery Unit was established to free up access to acute services by improving the flow of patients through the system. The national targets Emergency Department wait times are:

- 95% of all new Emergency Department patients to wait less than 6 hours. Patient Experience Time (PET) is measured from arrival to Emergency Department departure time.

- 100% of all new Emergency Department patients to wait less than 9 hours. Patient Experience Time (PET) is measured from arrival to Emergency Department departure time.

An intensive work programme is underway between the SDU's liaison officers, the Clinical Programmes and Beaumont Hospital teams. The SDU is satisfied that there is increased engagement at all levels in the hospital, focussing on working to achieve the national targets for unscheduled care so that emergency patients may be seen in a timely manner.

In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.