Ambulances, including units based at stations in Fermoy, Macroom, and Youghal, were summoned 33 times last year to transfer patients just 800m across campus at Cork University Hospital (CUH), according to a log of ambulance callouts obtained under FOI requests.
A row over staffing and the postponed opening of a high-observation ward at a new €15m psychiatric unit led to an eight-month delay in transferring patients. Mental health nursewas one of those who resisted the move, which finally took place last week. He wonders how much longer the high-obs area will remain in darkness
The battle to get a new €15m acute psychiatric unit open at Cork University Hospital (CUH) remains deadlocked. All bar four out of 42 nurses have voted not to transfer to the new facility on the grounds that the HSE has not fully addressed their clinical concerns. One of those nurses, Des McSweeney, highlighted his worries in an Irish Examiner article on March 16. For a while, he was put off duty with pay. Despite a no vote, Des is concerned that nurses will be overruled by the Labour Court, where the dispute is now headed.