Kildare stroke hospital for Laois patients leaves hundreds of elderly waiting in A&E

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Naas General Hospital

The Kildare hospital which is the first port of call for Laois stroke victims left more than 600 elderly patients waiting in its Emergency Department (ED/A&E) for beds last year.

Figures released to Sinn Féin show that a total of 643 patients aged 75 or over had to endure a 24-hour wait at Naas General Hospital last year.

Naas is one of a number of hospitals around Ireland which are designated centres to treat stroke. Patients from Laois are referred to Naas by GPs or taken there by ambulance unless they present to the A&E at Portlaoise or elsewhere.

Naas is part of the Dublin Midland Hospital Group which includes hospitals in Portlaoise and Tullamore as well as Tallaght and St James' hospitals in Dublin.

Tallaght hospital's A&E accommodated 268  elderly patients for more than 24 hours last year while St James’ Hospital left 168 senior citizens waiting for a day or more.

In total, 1,759 patients aged 75 or over had to wait at hospitals in Dublin and the midlands last year.