St Stephen’s Day spike at hospitals

St Stephen’s Day has lived up to its reputation as a busy one for hospitals, with figures from emergency departments around the country showing a spike in presentations the day after Christmas.

St Stephen’s Day spike at hospitals

The figures also show that there was at least one presentation at an emergency department due to a hoverboard-related injury — in Wexford General Hospital a 13-year-old boy presented after receiving what turned out to be a minor injury to a toe.

In some emergency departments, the number of admissions on St Stephen’s Day was almost double that for Christmas Day.

In University Hospital Limerick, provisional figures indicate that 80 people presented at the emergency department on December 25, and about 165 presented there on December 26.

According to the South/South West Hospital Group, 345 people presented at emergency departments in five different hospitals on Christmas Day — and 521 did the same on St Stephen’s Day.

The busiest was at Cork University Hospital, which had 107 presentations on Christmas Day and 157 on December 26. Those presentations resulted in 36 and 53 emergency-department admissions, respectively.

At University Hospital Waterford, 68 people presented to the emergency department on Christmas Day, with 27 admissions, and 104 people presented on St Stephen’s Day, with 34 admissions.

Kerry General Hospital, Mercy University Hospital in Cork, and South Tipperary General Hospital also experienced significant increases in emergency-department presentations on December 26 compared with those on Christmas Day.

Elsewhere, the Ireland East Hospital Group, which includes emergency departments at Wexford General Hospital, St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny, Mullingar Regional Hospital, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital Navan, and St Vincent’s University Hospital, reported a fairly quiet Christmas Day, with increases on St Stephen’s Day.

A spokesperson said the December 26 presentations were “nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year”, although St Luke’s in Kilkenny did record a slight increase in attendance and admissions from the same time in 2014.

Meanwhile, new figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show there were more than 200 people on trolleys in hospitals around the country yesterday.

According to the INMO trolley count, there were 189 people on trolleys, including 76 in hospitals in the eastern area, with a further 38 people in wards.

St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin had the highest number of people on trolleys, as per the INMO count, at 24.

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