While staff in areas such as ICU would be familiar with high-grade personal protective equipment, staff in other areas have had to be trained up to use it.  Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most worrying aspects of the crisis is the very high number of healthcare staff who have contracted Covid-19. At present about 25 per cent(...)

INMO: Up to November 29th, 108,364 people had queued for a hospital bed at some stage

A record number of people have spent time on trolleys in hospital emergency departments or on wards this year waiting for admission to a bed, nurses h(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finnish prime minister Juha Sipila in Helsinki, Finland, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Mauri Ratilainen/EPA

Health service staff reacted angrily to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s call for hospital consultants, nurses and other medics to forego extended leave over (...)

Those arriving on Saturday nights with alcohol-related presentations were most likely to be male, to arrive by ambulance and to leave against medical advice, the research found.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Nearly a third of all attendances at Irish hospital emergency departments on Saturday nights are alcohol-related, according to new research. During t(...)

The current number of Ireland’s emergency departments “doesn’t make any sense” for State’s population, the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine has(...)

‘The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine have calculated that 350 people die every year as a direct result of emergency department overcrowding.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Three times now in the year preceding the centenary celebrations of 1916, the Health Service Executive has presided over cases of acutely unwell cente(...)

Tallaght hospital expressed regret after a 102-year-old woman waited for  26-hours on a hospital trolley in its emergency department.

Tallaght hospital has apologised for leaving a 101-year-old patient over 26 hours on a trolley and says it will put in place measure to minimise the r(...)

Hospital emergency departments are a pivotal part of our health service; providers of acute care to critically ill people. They are also an important (...)

Hospital emergency departments (EDs) are facing a “staffing meltdown” next month because of difficulties recruiting qualified doctors, according to th(...)

In April, ambulance crews waited an average 35 minutes to hand over patients  at  Limerick Regional. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

When an ambulance is delayed at an emergency department (ED) not only is the patients enduring additional distress, but the ambulance is denied to som(...)